Missouri bill makes older foster kids get college visit

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 | 7:40 a.m. CDT; updated 9:28 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 15, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri foster children would be required to receive a college visit under a bill sent to Gov. Jay Nixon.

The Senate passed the bill 31-2 on Tuesday, following House approval earlier this week.

The legislation requires foster children ages 15 through 18 to visit to a Missouri community, technical or four-year college. The visit could be waived by the child's treatment team.

The bill also provides that children over 18 who leave state custody could return and stay until they are 21. Currently, children can remain in the system until they're 21 but they cannot re-enter once they leave.

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