Colorado State Sen. Linda Newell sponsored the “Fostering Connections” bill designed to help foster youth get into college, while helping keep them off the streets and out of jail. Newell discussed the bill’s demise by a 3-2 vote in the Senate Finance Committee.
Former foster children Tori Black and Tamisha Macklin, who both testified on behalf of the bill, said they were saddened and somewhat surprised the bill failed – but remain steadfast in their advocacy for foster youth.
The senators who voted against it said that focusing on foster kids and higher education missed the mark. As it is, many foster teens have gained a juvenile record and will have trouble graduating from high school.
“I think this is a huge problem, I just don’t think this is the solution,” said Sen. Tim Neville, R- Littleton, the committee chair.