On, November 10, 2015, Senator John Eklund introduced Senate Bill (SB) 240; a bill that would extend supportive services for foster care youth through age 21. Similar to HB 50, the bill will help foster care youth with preparing for college or the workforce and reduce the risk of homelessness through transitional housing programs. According to Sen. Eklund, “Children in foster care in Ohio today face a cliff at age 18. I think we should do everything we can to help them transition to an independent life that is productive and purposeful, and I believe this legislation will help serve that end.”* SB 240 is receiving bipartisan support in the senate and has several co-sponsors including local Sen. Sandra R. Williams
As House Bill (HB) 50 and SB 240 move forward within their respective chambers, please consider contacting your state representative and/or state senator to support these bills. Click here (https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/) to look up your state representative and/or state senator.
Remember that each year, approximately 1000 foster youth age out of the system at age 18 with very little or no support.
Questions or interested in being more involved? Contact Kim Liddell, Junior Leagues of Ohio SPAC Senior Delegate at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let her know if you reached out to your local legislator!
* Quote from Ohio Fostering Connections website; http://www.ohiofosteringconnections.org/ 11/16/2015