COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced his support for House Bill 50, which extends the age of foster care in Ohio from 18 to 21.
The bill was introduced by Representatives Dorothy Pelanda and Cheryl Grossman.
Every year, 1,000 Ohio youth “age-out” of foster care at age 18. They usually lack a reliable support system and are thrust into a harsh reality in which they’re at high risk of homelessness, unemployment, insufficient education, dependence on public assistance, human trafficking, trouble with the criminal justice system, and other barriers to success, according to a media release from the Attorney General’s Office.
According to a 2013 study by the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, every young person who ages out of foster care costs communities an average of $300,000 in public assistance, incarceration, lost wages and more over that person’s lifetime.
Research confirms that foster youth in states where the age limit has been raised are more likely to have some college education and earn higher incomes. They’re also less likely to experience teen pregnancy or incarceration,