NM Bill that Helps Children who Age out of Foster care passes Senate

Although the [New Mexico] bill had unanimous support during the vote, Sen. William Sharer, R-Farmington, expressed a larger philosophical critique.

“I’m troubled by the concept that after 18, you’re still a child,” Sharer said during the floor debate. “In our insurance policies now, they’re still children at 26. We’re going the wrong way. We’re taking older people and saying you’re still children instead of encouraging them to step up and be adults.”

Sharer said his comments were “not a shot” at foster families or those in foster care.

The bill allows for young people who age out at 18 to receive guidance on things such as seeking out behavioral and medical health care, applying for financial aid and college and expunging juvenile court records and participate in programs that promote employment or remove barriers to getting a job.

Sen. Sander Rue, R-Albuquerque…

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