Thursday, May 19, 2011

2011 Wendy's Wonderful Kids Summit ~ Youth Panel



The 2011 Wendy's Wonderful Kids Summit took place at the Hilton at Easton.

Attendees included adoption recruiters and their supervisors from all 50 states and Canada - 250 adoption professionals who work to find families for children in United States foster care. Many work with older youth.

Lisa Dickson, of the Ohio chapter of Foster Care Alumni of America, moderated a 3-panel youth panel presentation, made up of members of the Montgomery County VISION Board and the Ohio Youth Advisory board.

Panel members Tyniesha ("Tiny") Lanos, Brianna Christian and Adrian McLemore did a wonderful job!

Summit County Youth Panel





On May 12, representatives from the Summit County Youth Advisory Board, "Leaders of Tomorrow" participated in a three-hour youth panel about the "Aspects of Positive Foster Care Placement" during the 2011 NEORTC Foster Parent conference.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Resources for Ohio youth "aging out" of foster care

Employment

Food
  • Go with the young person to apply for food stamps, or accompany him or her to the nearest Food Bank.
  • Here's a list of Food Banks in Ohio.

GED

Healthcare
  • Foster care youth who "age out" of the system can receive Medicaid until age 21.
  • Navigating the adult Medicaid system can be challenging.
  • Don't assume that the staff at the Medicaid office will be aware of this program -- bring a copy of the flyer.

Higher Ed
  • Ohio Reach is a statewide initiative to increase the number of foster care youth who enroll in and graduate from college.
  • A good place to start in choosing a college is to look over the list of Ohio Reach Campus Liaisons.

Housing

Legal Assistance

Are you a current or former foster youth between ages 16-25?

Do you need help with:
  • Understanding legal papers? 
  • Getting healthcare, public benefits, housing or insurance? 
  • Applying to college? Deleting criminal records? 
  • Finding your social security card, birth certificate, or other personal documents? 
  • Speaking up for yourself in court, at school or in the community? 
Contact the Foster Youth Advocacy Center: (614) 236-6768, fyac@law.capital.edu

Literacy

Mental Health
  • Each Ohio county has a Mental Health Board, and it's up to us to advocate for specific services for transitioning foster care youth.
  • It's important to be aware that former foster youth suffer from PTSD at a rate twice that of Vietnam war veterans.

Parenting

Phone Bills
Self Advocacy
Social Security