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Panel
Presentation:
Foster Youth
Resources and
Perspectives
One of our roles as parents:
To empower youth to plan for the future
Life’s Transitions Do Not
Happen Overnight
Recommended Reading: Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s
2012 Foste...
Transition to Young Adulthood for
a young person growing up with their biological family
Challenges faced by a young person
who “ages out” of foster care
Support during the transition
Panel of Experts
Mission Statement:
Ohio Reach improves post-secondary outcomes
for foster care youth and alumni through
advocacy, leadersh...
Foster parents can encourage youth to:
The Ohio Benefit Bank is a program of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks,
designed to assist Ohioans in accessing life-chan...
The Foster Youth Advocacy Center provides free legal help to current and
former foster youth in Central Ohio, ages 16-25.
...
• Eligibility: Under age 26, in foster care on 18th birthday,
received IV-E funding/services prior to age 18
• Application...
Collective voices of
current and former foster care youth:
The Overcoming Hurdles in Ohio Youth Advisory Board (OHIO YAB) is a
statewide organization of young people (aged 14-24) wh...
The OHIO YAB’s
ongoing activities include:
1. Quarterly statewide meetings
2. Annual Officer’s Retreat
2. Three Days on th...
Foster Care Alumni of America Ohio chapter (FCAA Ohio) is a statewide
organization of former foster youth (ages 18+) and a...
Annual activities include:
1. Annual Thanksgiving Reunions
2. Pay It Forward Program
3. Suits for Success
The resources and
relationships that young
people need to succeed
Permanency Pact:
What exactly
can I rely on you for?
It is critical to the youth’s success to identify those adults who will continue
to pr...
Questions and Answers
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  1. 1. Panel Presentation: Foster Youth Resources and Perspectives
  2. 2. One of our roles as parents: To empower youth to plan for the future
  3. 3. Life’s Transitions Do Not Happen Overnight Recommended Reading: Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s 2012 Foster Youth Internship Report
  4. 4. Transition to Young Adulthood for a young person growing up with their biological family
  5. 5. Challenges faced by a young person who “ages out” of foster care
  6. 6. Support during the transition
  7. 7. Panel of Experts
  8. 8. Mission Statement: Ohio Reach improves post-secondary outcomes for foster care youth and alumni through advocacy, leadership, networking and empowerment.
  9. 9. Foster parents can encourage youth to:
  10. 10. The Ohio Benefit Bank is a program of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, designed to assist Ohioans in accessing life-changing programs and resources such as: • Universal Youth Transition Plan • Food and Nutrition Programs • Taxes and Student Aid Programs (including the FAFSA) • Medicaid • Child Care • Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) • Ohio Works First Cash Assistance (OWF)
  11. 11. The Foster Youth Advocacy Center provides free legal help to current and former foster youth in Central Ohio, ages 16-25. This team of lawyers and law students can assist with: • Attaining an original birth certificate • Attaining an original social security card • Attaining a current state identification card • Understanding legal documents • Sealing or deleting criminal records • Getting healthcare, public benefits, housing or insurance
  12. 12. • Eligibility: Under age 26, in foster care on 18th birthday, received IV-E funding/services prior to age 18 • Application process: Caseworker submits a JFS 01958 form and Medicaid application OR youth reaches out to Medicaid, identifying themselves as a former foster youth. • Maintaining coverage: Emancipated youth must report any changes in address, telephone number and email address to Ohio Medicaid Medicaid benefits for former foster youth
  13. 13. Collective voices of current and former foster care youth:
  14. 14. The Overcoming Hurdles in Ohio Youth Advisory Board (OHIO YAB) is a statewide organization of young people (aged 14-24) who have experienced foster care Mission Statement: We exist to be the knowledgeable statewide voice that influences policies and practices that effect all youth who have or will experience out of home care.
  15. 15. The OHIO YAB’s ongoing activities include: 1. Quarterly statewide meetings 2. Annual Officer’s Retreat 2. Three Days on the Hill
  16. 16. Foster Care Alumni of America Ohio chapter (FCAA Ohio) is a statewide organization of former foster youth (ages 18+) and allies who share our mission. Mission Statement: To connect the alumni community and to transform policy and practice, ensuring opportunity for people in and from foster care.
  17. 17. Annual activities include: 1. Annual Thanksgiving Reunions 2. Pay It Forward Program 3. Suits for Success
  18. 18. The resources and relationships that young people need to succeed
  19. 19. Permanency Pact:
  20. 20. What exactly can I rely on you for? It is critical to the youth’s success to identify those adults who will continue to provide various supports through and beyond the transition from care. Clarifying exactly what the various supports will include can help to avoid gaps in the youth’s safety net and misunderstandings between the youth and the supportive adult(s). • A home for the holidays • A place to do laundry • An emergency place to stay • Care packages while in college • Storage • Someone to discuss problems with • A phone or computer to use
  21. 21. Questions and Answers
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