Foster kids find college help after 'aging out'

Posted by Colby Rogers - email

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Community colleges in Virginia are working to establish stronger support systems for former foster-care children once they "age out" of the system and venture into adulthood.

The Community College System's Great Expectations program uses grants and donations to provide money for tuition, transportation and living expenses. It also connects more than 120 students with mentors, career counselors and other help at seven of the state's two-year schools.

Such help is needed. A 2007 report by the Pew Charitable Trusts says more than a quarter of foster-care youth nationwide will be incarcerated and more than 20 percent will be homeless before age 25.

Virginia has about 8,000 children in foster care.

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