September 23, 2007

Drive to Give Youth Time

By Jocelyn Wiener  |  Sacramento Bee  —  

Three years ago, Christopher Rambadt was stabbed to death along the American River. He was 22 years old and homeless, an emotionally disturbed, developmentally delayed young man who had been a ward of the state until he was 18.

What would have happened if he had stayed in the state's care an extra year?

A lawsuit making its way through the courts demands that foster youth with disabilities be allowed to stay in state custody one more year before they "age out" of the system — until age 19.

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