18th birthdays should be time of celebration, not trepidation

Bevin announces plan to help young adults aging out of foster care


It’s good to see Gov. Matt Bevin focusing attention on Kentucky’s foster care system.

In his latest initiative, Fostering Success, Bevin is trying to ease the transition from foster care to self-sufficiency for young adults aging out of the system. Bevin is promising to provide them short-term government positions so that they can develop needed job skills.

The initiative will provide 10-week job placements for 18- to 23-year-olds in local branches of the Kentucky Department for Community Based Service. They’ll be paid $10 an hour and strengthened their computer and customer service skills.

At the end of 2 1/2 months, the state will set up meetings for these young adults with career and college counselors in hopes of getting them prepared for life outside of foster care.

Fostering Success is a solid first step in a series of foster care reforms Bevin has in mind. It received a notable endorsement from a young woman who said the program “makes 18th birthdays less intimating” for young adults aging out of foster care.

Eighteenth birthdays should be a time of celebration, not trepidation.


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