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Bridges : Supporting Ohio’s Young Adults Emancipating from Foster Care

Bridges : Supporting Ohio’s Young Adults Emancipating from Foster Care. Amber Carson, National Youth Advocate Program Geoff Hollenbach, Child and Family Health Collaborative of Ohio Tara Latella, The Buckeye Ranch Camile Price, Pressley Ridge Cary Sanders, Northeastern Ohio Adoption Services.

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Bridges : Supporting Ohio’s Young Adults Emancipating from Foster Care

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  1. Bridges: Supporting Ohio’s Young Adults Emancipating from Foster Care Amber Carson, National Youth Advocate ProgramGeoff Hollenbach, Child and Family Health Collaborative of OhioTara Latella, The Buckeye RanchCamile Price, Pressley RidgeCary Sanders, Northeastern Ohio Adoption Services

  2. Bridges – What is it? Not an extension of foster care Extension of Title IV-E Benefits Housing and Case Management Services Voluntary State Administered Regional Grantees Separate from Current Post-emancipation Supports

  3. Bridges: Who’s eligible? Left the custody of an Ohio PCSA at the age of 18, 19, or 20 years old. Must meet at least one of the following eligibility criteria

  4. Bridges: Eligibility Criteria and Activities • Secondary education or a program leading to an equivalent credential; • Enrollment in school to receive high school Diploma • Enrollment in GED program • Is enrolled in an institution that provides post- secondary or vocational education; • Public or Private 4 year college or University • Community College • Vocational Programs • Technical schools

  5. Bridges: Eligibility Criteria and Activities • Is participating in a program or activity designed to promote, or remove barriers to, employment; • CCMEP • Job Corps • Job skills training • Is employed for at least eighty hours per month; • Regular Employment • AmeriCorps • Internship/Externship • Is incapable of doing any of the above activities due to a medical condition, which incapacity is supported by regularly updated information from a qualified practitioner.

  6. Bridges: 5 Regions & Grantee Grantee: The Child and Family Health Collaborative of Ohio, LLC • Region 1: Northeast Region • Region 2: Southeast Region • Region 3: Central Region • Region 4: Southwest Region • Region 5: Northwest Region

  7. Bridges Referrals Referrals can originate from: • PCSAs (90 days prior to emancipation) • Direct agency contacts (in consultation with PCSA worker) • Other adult supporters • Young adult’s themselves Referrals initiate via: Referral/Interest Forms on Bridgestosuccess.jfs.ohio.gov • Get Started -- How to Apply  -- Referral or Interest Page Hotline Number: 1-866-503-1895 • Referrals can also be initiated directly with Regional Coordinator by phone or email who will in turn complete the proper form

  8. Bridges Participant Pathway Referral Application Enrollment • Case Management (life skills, financial, mentoring/coaching) Legal Maintaining Eligibility Termination • Process and reasons • Reenrollment

  9. Benefits of Bridges Benefits to Young Adults: • More time to prepare for adulthood • Better outcomes for young adults aging-out • Long-term/stable housing support • Financial assistance • Help in crisis or emergency situations • Access to positive adult supports • Education about community resources

  10. Bridges Services • Employment & Career Preparation • Financial Management • Self-Advocacy • Health and Self-Care • Permanent Connections • Eligibility Clarification • Monthly Visits • Positive Young Adult Development • Young Adult Driven Plan • Critical Thinking • Home Management and Life Skills • Education • Community Resources

  11. Bridges Overview 2/1/2018 -- 3/21/2019* • Referral Numbers = 1200 • Enrollment numbers to date = 700 • Disenrollments to date = 220 • Reenrollments = 50 • Difference between referrals and enrollments • * Numbers are estimated as they change daily

  12. Bridges Overview 2/1/2018 -- 2/28/2019* • Enrollment and Housing

  13. Contacts Website: BridgestoSuccess.jfs.ohio.gov Email Box: Bridges@jfs.ohio.gov Geoff HollenbachGeoff.Hollenbach@cfhcohio.org(513)265-9508

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