State officials want to raise the foster care age limit from 18 to 21

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Governor John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services want to raise the foster care age from 18 to 21.

Currently, services for a foster child can continue up to age 21, but only if they are trying to get a high school diploma or GED.

Lawmakers will be asked to spend 3 million dollars to cover costs for the change. 

The governor talked about the plan during his monthly radio show and he says it gives those in foster care more opportunity to succeed.

Governor Edwards said, “The education, the training that comes from the higher education system, is incredibly important at creating the opportunity that they need to be productive members of society.”

Governor Edwards also says the move would essentially pay for itself.

He states a majority of states that have already extended the age to 21 have seen reduced prison rates and a lower number of people needing government assistance.

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