Post-Emancipation Services: Young Adult Services & Bridges

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Sarah Levels, MSW, Bridges Policy Developer, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

Continuing Education Accreditation
Approved: 1 hour Sup.R.48,1.25 hours CLE, 1 hour CPE

This video offers an overview of post emancipation services available to young adults 12-18 who have aged out of foster care in Ohio. The presentation begings with a discussion about final transition planning requirements and considerations for youth in foster care. Ms. Levels also provides an overview of Ohio’s available post-emancipation services such as Medicaid coverage until the age of 26; the Ohio Education Training Voucher (ETV) which offers grant money to attend college; Young Adult Services’ post-care services and supports that are offered through the county public children services agencies; and, Bridges, a state-administered program offering support services to emancipated foster youth who meet eligibility criteria. Finally, the audience is provided information that outlines how, as individuals, we each are able to play an important role in supporting former foster youth on their journey to independence.

Faculty experience
Sarah Levels has worked in child welfare for over 21 years. She currently serves as a Human Services Policy Developer in the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services’ Office of Families and Children. In this role, she is a member of the team that oversees Bridges, Ohio’s program to extend housing and case management supports to young adults that have aged out of Ohio’s foster care system. Previously, Ms. Levels served as the Independent Living Supervisor in the Emancipation Department at Franklin County Children Services (Columbus).

OAC 5101.2-42-19 Independent Living Services for Youth
Ohio Administrative Code Rule 5101:2-42-19.2
Working with Youth to Develop a Transition Plan