Hatch Child Welfare Bill Proposes Major Reforms of APPLA Option, Congregate Care, and Chafee Education Grants
A bill introduced yesterday would forbid child welfare systems from setting long-term foster care as an option for foster youths under the age of 16, limit the use of group homes and residential care for children under 13, and extend the age ceiling for foster youth college grants to 26.
Foster Youths’ Financial Climb Through College Getting Even Steeper
The last time Lerone Matthis was released from the Division of Juvenile Justice on April 2008, the juvenile justice system for troubled youth, he feared he had reached the bottom. “I was discouraged by the prospects for a meaningful future,” Matthis recalled.