The OHIO YAB and ACTION Ohio are incredibly happy that Chafee funds have been released by the federal government to the states. We care and recognize that it will take time for those funds to get to counties. We also deeply appreciate Deputy Director Van Deusen's leadership in saying that it's okay for counties to use the Chafee funds they currently have on hand to assist former foster youth ages 26 and under, and Laurie Valentine's willingness to help counties navigate the process.
Our brother of the foster care system, Christopher Patterson has written a wonderful article about how Independent Living Workers are lifelines for foster youth and the unsung heroes amidst the current pandemic. It was published in Youth Today.