Thank You Ohio House for Approving Bill for Foster Youth

By Kate Lodge & Margaret Mitchell

YWCA Greater Cleveland would like to thank the Ohio House for approving House Bill 50 last Tuesday. The bill is designed to improve Ohio’s guardianship system and expand the age at which young people are eligible for foster care services–from 18 to 21. This change would allow young people who would otherwise have aged out of foster care with no support systems to have a realistic opportunity to succeed on their own. Through A Place 4 Me, our initiative that coordinates the planning and implementation of local efforts to improve outcomes for transition age youth, we know the deep positive impact that this legislation could have on our community.

Thank you to all YWCA Greater Cleveland supporters who have monitored the progress of this bill and written to representatives. Please consider continuing your advocacy and support as this legislation moves to the Senate. Join the conversation on social media with #OhioReadySet21.

Links for more information:

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/12/01/foster-care-vote.html

http://www.journal-news.com/news/news/local/foster-emancipation-bill-passes-house/npbHJ/

http://www.ohiofosteringconnections.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/OFC-HB50-Press-Release-12.01.15-FINAL.pdf

http://www.ohiofosteringconnections.org/

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