Thursday, November 29, 2018

Broken Bridge Between Youth-Serving and Adult-Serving Systems

Lack of access to existing services by former foster youth is a national problem:

Click to enlarge image

Part of this is that there needs to be a better bridge between youth-serving and adult-serving systems:

Click to enlarge image

Employment and Education Outcomes for Ohio Foster Youth By Age 21

Ohio has a fractured safety net for transitional youth in general, and this is especially true for young people "aging out" of foster care.

1.) Ohio ranks dead last in the nation when it comes to state funding for child-protection services.

2.) Our child welfare services are county-administered, with 88 different children services agencies with varying levels of taxpayer support.

3.) It is important for young people with a foster care history to know about about available resources, and to have the skills to navigate (often complex or disjointed) systems to access them.

Click to enlarge this image