Ohio bill would extend foster care services to wards age 21

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio bill would increase the age that younger people could receive foster care services, while requiring that court-appointed guardians receive a state guidebook.

The legislation would extend foster care services to age 21 if the young person meets certain education and work requirements.

Advocates for those in foster care say more than 1,000 young people age out of the system each year when they turn 18, increasing their risk of homelessness, unemployment and dependence on public assistance.

The bill’s sponsors say their proposal also is aimed at raising awareness of issues associated with the care of more than 67,000 juvenile and elderly wards in Ohio.

The measure would create a “bill of rights” for those under guardianship care, including the right to safe, sanitary and humane living conditions.

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