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Dougherty fights to save a program for kids leaving foster care

April 23, 2003
By: Elizabeth Gill
State Capital Bureau

A program that helps kids coming out of foster care could be eliminated unless the senate comes up with an additional $200 million the budget. Elizabeth Gill reports.

As senators debated a $177 million dollar cut, Democratic Senator Pat Dougherty fought to keep a program for kids that hit hard times transitioning out of foster care.

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Contents: "For one particular kiddo he may have graduated from high school and its assistance getting a job. For another kiddo his parents have kicked him out and he doesn't even have a home to go to."

Dougherty says the program is designed to help the kids become self sufficient.

The senate agreed to include the program on what they are called the B list.

Programs on the B list would recieve funding if the senate is able to generate an additional $200 million for the budget.

From the state Capitol, I'm Elizabeth Gill, KMOX news.