April 11, 2020
Overcoming Hurdles in Ohio Youth Advisory Board
Alumni of Care Together Improving Outcomes Now Ohio
…We would also like to propose, and offer our assistance in implementing; three proactive measures that we believe will vastly improve current and long-term outcomes for young people in and from foster care. Especially now, in the midst of crisis, our state has the opportunity and responsibility to:
- Expedite the timeline for establishing a statewide Foster Youth Ombudsman’s Office.
- Extend Chafee supports to age 23, as authorized by the federal Family First Act.
- Suspend emancipation proceedings for all youth facing release from foster care for six months, allow re-entry for foster youth younger than 21, and allow youth who reach the age of 21 in extended foster care (Bridges) to remain in care through October 30, 2020. …