Ruhl Votes in Favor of Increasing Foster Care Assistance Age
December 3, 2015 - 4:03 PM
COLUMBUS—State Representative Margaret Ann Ruhl (R–Fredericktown)
voted for legislation that increases the age for which persons are
eligible to receive foster care and adoption assistance, as well as
addresses issues associated with caring for the more than 67,000
juvenile and elderly Ohioans subject to guardianship in the state.
After having passed the House Community and Family Advancement
Committee and Finance Committee earlier this year, the House voted in
favor of the measure. House Bill 50 requires the Director of the
Department of Job and Family Services to expand payments for foster care
and adoption to qualifying persons up to the age of 21.
According to Ohio Fostering Connections, an organization that
advocates for foster youth, more than 1,000 Ohio youth age out of foster
care at the age of 18 each year, putting them at increased risk of
homelessness, unemployment, insufficient education, dependence on public
assistance and human trafficking.
Additionally, HB 50 requires the probate court to furnish
appointed guardians with a guardianship guide, which is to be written by
either the Attorney General or the Ohio Judicial Conference.
“I am pleased to vote in favor of H.B. 50,” Ruhl said. “The
changes will assist our foster children in successfully overcoming the
unique challenges they face when aged out of the system. Our hope is
that the additional three years will give those individuals the time to
establish themselves in jobs or educational opportunities and find
HB 50 states that the expansion of foster care services must be
funded by July 1, 2017. It now awaits consideration in the Ohio Senate.
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