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Bridges  

 
Bridges is a voluntary program available to young adults who leave foster care in Ohio at ages 18, 19 or 20 and who are in school, working, participating in an employment program, or have a medical condition that prevents them from going to school or working. The program supplements existing county post-emancipation services. Most Bridges services fall into one of the following categories: housing, education, employment and/or well-being.

Bridges was made possible by Gov. Kasich’s signing of Substitute House Bill 50 in June 2016. This opened the door for Ohio to expand care options under the federal Title IV-E program for youth in the custody of public children services agencies on or after their 18th birthdays.


Governor John R. Kasich video "Supporting Foster Care Youth House Bill 50"
 

 
Bridges is administered by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services through a contract with The Child and Family Health Collaborative of Ohio, LLC. The collaborative works in partnership with member agencies throughout the state to serve eligible young adults in each of five regions: Northeast, Southeast, Central, Northwest and Southwest.  

Click on this link for:  Bridges Regional Map
Visit the Bridges website for more information: BridgesToSuccess.jfs.ohio.gov

Publications
 
Bridge Program Toolkit - click on this link for more information: Bridges Program Toolkit

First Friday Newsletters- for more information on Bridges and the Office of Families and Children 

Substitute House Bill 50
Overview

An Act

Advisory Council Meeting Minutes
September 28, 2017       July 27, 2017                 May 25, 2017

March 23, 2017              January 26, 2017           November 15, 2016

Advisory Charter
Charter

Advisory Council

Advisory Council Roster