San Francisco 49er quarterback Alex Smith went to the state capitol

San Francisco 49er quarterback Alex Smith is helping a state lawmaker to extend foster care from age 18 to 21. (KGO Photo)

San Francisco 49er quarterback Alex Smith is helping a state assemblyman's effort to extend foster care from 18 years old to age 21.

Smith has a successful foundation in San Diego that helps foster kids and even provides them with full college scholarships.

Smith says less than half of all foster kids graduate high school, but only 2 to 3 percent ever go onto college and many end up in jail.

There are 65,000 kids right now in foster care in California, with 4,500 leaving each year because they reach age 18.

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