Foster Care Alumni of America Ohio chapter (FCCA Ohio)
Membership consists of former foster youth (ages 18+) and allies who share Ohio Reach’s mission. Ongoing activities include the Pay It Forward program, Suits for Success and hosting annual Thanksgiving Reunions for foster care teens and alumni.
Franklin County Children Services
College Support Services for Franklin County foster scholars include college-bound mentoring, college campus visits, ACT prep, assistance with FAFSA and OETV, financial incentives for ACT scores, acceptance and enrolling in college. Once the scholar is attending, FCCS helps with dorm setup, laptop and printer, care packages twice/year, assistance traveling to and from school, housing for breaks, linkage with support systems during campus visits, emergency financial assistance, summer academic tutoring if needed and wisdom, encouragement and moral support.
Higher Education Mentoring Initiative (HEMI)
Hamilton County foster youth a long-term academic mentoring relationship that
begins in high school and is focused on awareness of,
preparation for, and completion of post-secondary education and training. The
HEMI Program recruits, trains and supports mentors to establish positive,
long-term relationships with foster-care youth. HEMI mentors assist, encourage
and support student academic achievement through high school and help create a
direct pathway to higher education.
Family and Youth Law Center (FYLaw)
Provides legal assistance to youth who are currently in care or have recently emancipated. Helps them with civil issues that may impact their ability to pursue higher education, such as credit problems, housing and obtaining governmental assistance. Also helps youth fill out the FAFSA and obtain other financial aid/scholarships/grants for which they are eligible.
Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies (OACCA)
Co-founded Ohio Reach. Educates child and family service providers about opportunities for foster youth to pursue post-secondary education. OACCA champions state legislation to expand supportive services to youth aging out of foster care to age 21, as well as convenes state and local discussions about ways to design the new state program of services for youth aging out of foster care.
Ohio Board of Regents
Commitment and active participation with Ohio Reach. Seamless transfer of applicable degree credits from community colleges to four-year public institutions. Commitment to first-generation and minority students.
Ohio Dept. of Job and Family Services (ODJFS)
Coordinates with Foster to Success to support the Ohio Education and Training Voucher Program (Ohio ETV), which offers up to $5,000 per year for eligible former foster youth to financially assist in post-education tuition and expenses. Transitional Youth Coordinators work closely with all parties to enhance practice. Connecting the Dots From Foster Care to Employment and Independent Living is a pilot program including education and training as important components. Currently working with The Ohio State University to evaluate the educational resources currently available and what additional support would be recommended.
The Overcoming Hurdles in Ohio Youth Advisory Board (OHIO YAB)
The OHIO YAB exists as the knowledgeable statewide voice that influences policies and practices affecting all youth who have or will experience out-of-home care. OHIO YAB ongoing activities include quarterly statewide meetings, an annual Officer’s Retreat and Three Days on the Hill.
Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO)
Hosts Ohio Reach Coordinator, co-founder of Ohio Reach. Promotes public child welfare professionals to prepare and facilitate successful higher education entry, retention and completion. Engages key stakeholders for foster scholar success.
Wright State University – Independent Scholars Network (ISN)
The Wright State University Independent Scholars Network (ISN) offers a bridge to students who emancipate from foster care into their new home at Wright State. ISN offers a wide range of services, including help with living arrangements and employment opportunities, as well as resources and services to enhance the academic and social-cultural experiences for these students.