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Why Every Foster Kid Should Have an ‘Electronic Backpack’

Housing & Homelessness

Governing, by J.B. Wogan

Having a digital warehouse to hold foster kids’ health and education records eases their many transitions from one home to another and makes it easier to apply for jobs and college. But few places have them.

Ventura County, Calif., is home to roughly a thousand children who end up in the tough and disruptive world of foster care. These adolescents live transient existences, sometimes changing homes two or even three times in a year and, as a result, often receive uneven care. But officials in Ventura County have an idea that might help: Give every foster kid an “electronic backpack.”Read more