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Tony Minor, Advocacy Director

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Petitioning Ohio State Senate

Aging Out of Foster Care

Aging out of foster care has become a serious problem. When children can not return home to their families, child welfare systems must move quickly to find them alternative homes. As time goes by, the prospects for landing in safe, loving, permanent homes grow dimmer for foster youth. Many will simply “age out” of the system when they turn 18, without a family and without the skills to make it on their own. In 2014, more than 22,000 young people whom states failed to reunite with their families or place in permanent homes, aged out of foster care, simply because they were too old to remain. In 2014, of the 415,000 children in foster care, more than 18,000 had case goals of emancipation or aging out after leaving foster care without a permanent family. Research shows that young adults without a permanent family fare far worse than other youth. More than one in five ends up homeless after age 18, while one in four becomes involved in the justice system within two years of leaving foster care. Fifty-eight percent of foster youth will graduate high school by age 19, compared to 87 percent of all 19-year olds. Youth who age out of foster care are less likely than youth in the general population to graduate from high school and are less likely to attend or graduate college. By age 26, only approximately 80 percent of young people who aged out of foster care earned at least a high school degree or GED compared to 94 percent of the general population. By age 26, only 4 percent of youth who aged out of foster care had earned a 4-year college degree, while 36 percent of youth in the general population had done so. These statistics show what is happening to those who age out of foster. They have nowhere to go or family to help. They feel abandoned and alone with no one to turn to. Turning 18 may seem like the best day of someone's life, but for them it is the worst. On November 10, 2015,  Ohio Sen. John Eklund (R – Munson Township) introduced House Bill 50. Like House Bill 50, Senate Bill 240 will extend supports and services to foster youth through age 21, helping them prepare for college or a career, as well as providing a wide array of transitional housing programs including apartment programs, campus housing, and foster and host homes.  

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