Our work in this area continues. The Department of Human Resources is applying for federal benefits, such as Social Security Survivor and Social Security Disability Insurance, on behalf of certain youth in foster care. The State isn’t notifying the foster youth or their attorneys, and then is keeping that money to reimburse the State for the cost of youth’s out-of-home placements.
We again will present legislation that equires:
(1) notice be given to the youth and their attorneys;
(2) an individualized accounting of the money be done by the state; and
(3) where appropriate, at least a portion of that money be set aside for the youth to help them as they transition to adulthood and financial independence.