HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Former foster children once in the care of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families would receive preference for state agency internships under a bill moving through the General Assembly.
The bill would apply to former foster children between the ages of 18 and 24.
Meriden Sen. Dante Bartolomeo said state lawmakers heard testimony during a recent public hearing about how foster children are less likely than their peers to graduate from high school or college. She said 24 percent of foster children reported having no earned income in their first two years out of foster care.
She said the legislation, which passed the Senate unanimously on Thursday, would provide valuable internship experience.
The bill now awaits final legislative action in the House of Representatives.
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