OACCA’s Child and Family Health Collaborative of Ohio has been awarded a grant from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) to provide housing and supportive services to young adults who age out of foster care. The program, titled Bridges, is scheduled to be implemented statewide on February 1, 2018. It is authorized by Ohio House Bill 50, the Ohio Fostering Connections Act, which was signed into law by Governor John Kasich on June 13, 2016.
The Bridges program will be available to the approximately 3,000 young adults in Ohio who aged out of foster care, and are between the ages of 18 and 21, as they strive toward independence. The Bridges program provides a package of services to help these young people prepare for college or a career and healthy living, as well as provide for their housing. The direct services of Bridges will be carried out by a statewide network of community providers with expertise in working with foster youth and young adults making the transition to adulthood.
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