Montgomery/Wright Foster Care Re-Entry Bill Passed

Originally published in Kings County Politics

Brooklyn Lawmakers on the Move Dec. 21, 2020

State Sen. Velmanette Montgomery (D-Fort Greene, Boerum Hill, Red Hook, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Sunset Park, Gowanus, Park Slope) and Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright’s (D-Bedford-Stuyvesant, Northern Brooklyn) Foster Care Re-Entry bill (S8834/A10581-B) was signed into law last Friday by Governor Cuomo.

This law makes it easier for young people who aged out of foster care to return to placement if they need for the duration of the COVID-19 state of emergency.

“COVID-19 has had a multiplier effect on the struggles faced by our most vulnerable populations. Young people aging out of foster care already face immense hurdles as they try to secure stable housing, employment and healthcare. We cannot throw them out to fend for themselves in the middle of an unprecedented pandemic,” said Montgomery. “This law will bring them a level of stability so they can focus on staying healthy while we get through this pandemic. I am glad we were able to get this done and I thank my colleagues and the many advocates involved for moving on this issue.”

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