The Christian Science Monitor: How One State Gives Foster Kids a Better Path to Trade Jobs

As of July, a new law provides foster and homeless young people funding assistance for apprenticeships. One aim is to create options for the thousands of kids who face unemployment when they age out of foster care.

In Washington, 30 to 40 percent of young people in care are interested in finding work or attending trade school directly after high school, says Dawn Rains, chief policy and strategy officer for Treehouse, a 30-year-old nonprofit in Seattle that serves youth in foster care and advocated for the law. According to the group’s research, 60 to 70 percent want to attend a two- or four-year college program.

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