The Shrinking Stipends of Emancipated Foster Youth
The state is still reeling from line item vetoes Governor Schwarzenegger made in July. Child Welfare Services lost 80 million dollars, and the cuts are still being allocated. In October, administrators learned that one COUNTY-LEVEL program was eliminated completely. It provided small stipends, ranging from fifty to five hundred dollars, to help former foster youth get by.
When foster youth turn 18 or 19, they emancipate from the system. That means they’re on their own, and these budget cuts eliminated some of the services they still qualified for. Reporter Angela Kilduff learned more about the importance of emancipated youth stipends.