Bridges, Ohio’s Extended Foster Care Program, Is Underway
Last Thursday, America’s seventh most populous state officially began enrolling older youth who wished to remain in foster care after the age of 18. Youth advocacy groups have voiced optimism that Ohio’s Bridges program could emerge as a model for the 25 states that have not yet extended foster care to age 21, delaying the age when youth emancipate into adulthood.
STARS Program Helps Drug Court, Families Align
In 2001, a nonprofit drug treatment provider called Bridges joined a bold new venture with the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). It was aimed at better serving the children of parents who had come into contact with the child welfare system because of drug use or addiction.