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Foster Youth Advocates Rally at State Capitol

Advocates for foster youth rallied at the State Capitol Monday morning, then presented the governor's office with some 200 postcards asking that two pending bills be signed.

Assembly Bill 1633 would help eligible foster youth receive state benefits to which they are entitled.

"They are applying for Social Security benefits or supplemental security benefits all by themselves without the tools or understanding or knowledge of how to do this," said Assemblywoman Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa.

The bill would also allow children to remain in foster care beyond 18 years of age if they are pursuing a high school equivalency certificate. Right now, the law only allows foster children to remain in the system if they are pursuing a high school diploma. It's a provision Captain Young says that would have helped him when he was in foster care.

"I doubled up senior year, took eight classes a day, and did night school. If I had not done that, I would have needed that extra year," Young said.

Assembly Bill 1412 gives foster youth the right to be involved in decisions concerning them.

(This story was provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

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