Ohio will cover costs for more than 200 children who age out of foster care over the next 3 months

Posted at 2:37 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 14:38:00-04

CLEVELAND — On Friday, Ohio Gov. DeWine announced the state will cover the costs of all the young people set to age out of the foster care system over the next three months. This decision will ensure anyone who turns 18 has a safe place to call home during the coronavirus pandemic.

The program will provide a safety net for those who were set to age out of the foster program. This gives anyone who is turning 18 to remain in the Bridges Program. The program is voluntary and is available to young adults between ages 18 and 20 who leave foster care in Ohio and are in school, working and participating in an employment program.

“These changes that we’re making is to make sure that no child is left behind. No child leaves foster care during this pandemic without a safe place to call home,” DeWine said.

DeWine encouraged county children services agencies, juvenile courts and foster youth to take advantage of the opportunity.

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