Project Everlast youth testify on behalf of LB 853

Last year, LB 216 was adopted 44-2 by the Unicameral. This hard-won piece of legislation ensured that young people aging out of Nebraska’s foster care system would have a basic safety net of support as they transition into adulthood, in order to avoid the too-common outcomes of homelessness, pregnancy and chronic health problems.

With help from an advisory committee appointed by the Nebraska Children’s Commission, implementation plans for LB 216 – now called Bridge to Independence – have been carefully crafted and incorporated into LB 853Senator Amanda McGill introduced this bill to ensure that the Bridge to Independence program will be enacted in a way that will maximize its potential to make a difference.

The advisory committee responsible for the recommendations included in the new bill pulls from all important stakeholder  groups – young people, advocates, nonprofits, policy makers and community stakeholders. Many from Project Everlast and Nebraska Children and Families Foundation contributed to the recommendations.

Two of Project Everlast’s most vocal supporters of Bridge to Independence testified before the legislature last week. Watch their testimony now:

The Bridge to Independence program will start 60 days after the federal government approves Nebraska’s state plan amendment. Until them, young people aging out of foster care in Nebraska will still receive benefits from the Former Ward program.

Nebraska Children and Families Foundation supports children, young adults and families at risk with the overall goal of giving our state's most vulnerable kids what they need to reach their full potential. We do this by building strong communities that support families so their children can grow up to be thriving, productive adults.

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One comment on “Project Everlast youth testify on behalf of LB 853
  1. […] – Foster Care:  Foster youth from Project Everlast testified in support of Bridge to Independence legislation (LB 853) to provide a safety net to support youth […]

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