Kansas teens in foster care to get free photo IDs

— State officials this week announced that teens and young adults who are about to age out of the state’s foster care system are now being provided with photo IDs at no cost.

Currently, social workers make sure the teens have copies of their birth certificates and Social Security cards before they exit the system. But the teens are expected to pay for their driver’s licenses, which typically serve as their photo IDs when applying for jobs, enrolling in college or enlisting in the military.

“Children in foster care deserve every opportunity to succeed in life,” Gov. Sam Brownback said in a prepared statement. “This is one small way we can help ensure they are able to build the future they deserve. Having something as simple as a photo ID will be one less hurdle they will have to overcome.”

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