Thursday, June 11, 2020
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Link to video that shares HUD's plans for moving FYI forward.
ACTION Ohio and the National Center for Housing and Child Welfare were honored to work with Rosa Ailabouni, Senior Advisor to the Regional Administrator, HUD Region V to help plan a virtual roundtable on May 28, 2020.
Youth Speaker Bios:
- Former foster youth Ciara Richey received an FUP voucher at age 21, which made it possible for her to continue to pursue higher education. She is currently working two jobs and attending Ohio University Zanesville. She is close to receiving a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, after which she plans to enter the Columbus Police Academy in order to become a private detective.
- Former foster youth Desaray Lavery works full-time at Arby's. She will be using an FYI voucher to move into her new apartment next month. The new apartment is close to her job, and will allow her to have a dog and work as a groomer.
Additional Speakers During the Roundtable:
- Joseph Galvan, Regional Administrator, US Dept of Housing and Urban Development, Region V
- Elizabeth Darling, Commissioner, Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Kara Wente, Assistant Director of Health and Human Services at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
- Chris Patterson, Regional Administrator, US Dept of Housing and Urban Development, Region IX
- Joaquin Cintron Vega, President and CEO, Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority
- Sonja Nelson, Assistant Vice President of Resident Initiatives, Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority
- Cassie Snyder, Associate Director of Youth Transition Services, Franklin County Children Services
- Brianna Moore, Social Service Worker, Portage County Job and Family Services
- Travena Kaminski, Section 8 Assistant Manager, Portage County Housing Authority
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Cloe Cooper, Joshua Hatch, Talia Holmes, Michael Outrich and Destiny Higgins did a wonderful job during yesterday's webinar.
Here's a link to watch the video.
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
'A sigh of relief:' Advocates applaud Ohio's governor for providing safety net for those aging out of foster care
Youth advocates are breathing a sigh of relief after Ohio's governor announced the state will cover the costs of those aging out of the foster care system.
Governor DeWine thanked OHIO Youth Advisory Board for coming up with this plan.
On April 25, 2020, 10TV news interviewed Talia Holmes, president of the FCCS Youth Advisory Board. She knows firsthand what it's like to be in foster care.
"You're always having to worry about making sure you're presenting yourself in the best way, so the person you're with wants to keep you," Holmes said. "[You want to make sure] you're not put into another situation that may not be as good as the one you may be leaving from."
Holmes said this is a step to ensure Ohio's most vulnerable are set up for success. "It's providing them that extra leverage to be able to make steps securely so that they are able to be successful in society," she said.
Saturday, April 25, 2020
Quotes from Governor DeWine's Press Conference on April 24, 2020:
Gov. Mike DeWine announced the state will continue to cover the costs for youth in foster care who are turning 18 during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to DeWine, more than 200 people will “age out” of Ohio’s foster care system in the next three months.
“For many of these young people, their future looks uncertain because of COVID-19, whether their plan was to start a career or pursue higher education. This program will provide them with a safety net during these difficult times,” DeWine said.
This option is also available for those in the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services’ Bridges program, which is foster care to age 21. DeWine said those in Bridges can stay in the program to help them maintain their housing, jobs, and education.
“These changes will ensure that no child leaves care during this pandemic without a safe place to call home. I encourage county children services agencies, juvenile courts, and the foster youth themselves to take advantage of this new opportunity,” he said.
During his daily briefing, DeWine thanked Ohio’s Youth Advisory Board for coming up with this plan.
Message to Ohio Public Children Services Directors on April 24, 2020:
Here is some additional information regarding the announcement you heard from Governor DeWine today at the press conference regarding children aging out of foster care and Bridges.
Foster Care: To ensure adequate transition planning and delivery of needed services to foster children, increased flexibility has been instituted within the Multi-System Youth allocation. These funds can now be used to support the cost of extended placement and supports for any youth aging out from any placement setting through June 30, 2020. These funds can be used to pay for supports that were expended as of the March 22, 2020 Stay at Home order.
Please refer to Procedure Letter 349: Foster Youth Not Aging Out for additional information about utilizing these funds to support these youth.
Bridges: In addition, please note that Bridges funding has also been extended to support young adults who turned or will turn 21 through June 30, 2020. Again, these funds can be used to pay for supports that were expended as of the March 22, 2020 Stay at Home order.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Today's April statewide meeting of the OHIO Youth Advisory Board had to be canceled, due to COVD-19, but youth leaders are still working tirelessly behind the scenes.
We had been planning to have a birthday cake for Sam at today's meeting.
Sunday, April 12, 2020
Open Letter to Governor DeWine from the OHIO Youth Advisory Board and ACTION Ohio, with three requests:
1.) Expedite the timeline for establishing a statewide Foster Youth Ombudsman’s Office.
2.) Extend Chafee supports to age 23, as authorized by the federal Family First Act.
3.) Suspend emancipation proceedings for all youth facing release from foster care for six months, allow re entry for foster youth younger than 21, and allow youth who reach the age of 21 in extended foster care (Bridges) to remain in care through October 30, 2020.