Bill would provide help to foster children

Posted: Friday, February 13, 2009

ANCHORAGE - A bill has been introduced in the Alaska Legislature to provide scholarships, job training and other assistance for children in foster care.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Les Gara and Sen. Bettye Davis, both Anchorage Democrats.

Gara says the bill is designed to provide transitional help to foster children when they leave their homes. He says about 40 percent of them wind up homeless.

The bill also would require social workers to visit foster children at least once a month.

The bill will be first heard in House committees.

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