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Foster children, school dropouts

Post by Kim Bradford on Sep. 30, 2006 at 8:02 am with No Comments »
September 30, 2006 8:02 am

State Rep. Jeannie Darneille, the longtime director of the Pierce County AIDS Foundation, has become one of the Legislature’s chief champions of human services since Tacomans in the 27th District sent her to the House six years ago.

Now running for a fourth term, Darneille was in to see us Friday for an endorsement interview. She spent much of her time sharing concerns about parentless children who “age out” of the state’s foster care system – the kids no one adopts over the years. One particularly sad statistic: 70 percent of these youths fail to graduate from high school, a number that undoubtedly reflects the instability and disconnection of their lives.

My wife and I have taken in foster children over the years, and the pathos of their situations invariably tears your heart out. I’m not endorsing Darneille’s candidacy here, but I’m glad someone in Olympia is taking their needs seriously.

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