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Forum To Focus On Extending Foster Care In Ohio

The second of five public forums around Ohio on the issue of whether to extend foster care for young people from the age of 18 to 21 includes state legislators and community leaders. 

Today's forum in Cincinnati focuses on what happens when young people leave foster care and how extending that support might help. Currently, foster care covers kids to age 18. Federal funding became available to states to expand their foster care services in 2008. Officials say 26 states and the District of Columbia have since extended their foster care to age 21 or are in the process of doing that. Advocates say extending care results in improved outcomes, with young people more likely to graduate from high school, enroll in college and avoid homelessness. Future forums in Dayton, Columbus, and Toledo will be scheduled soon.

Mike Foley joined WCBE in February 2000, coming from WUFT in Gainesville, Florida. Foley has worked in various roles, from producing news and feature stories to engineering Live From Studio A sessions. A series of music features Foley started in 2018 called Music Journeys has grown into a podcast and radio show. He also assists in developing other programs in WCBE's Podcast Experience. Foley hosts The Morning Mix, a weekday music show featuring emerging and established musicians, our Columbus-area and Ohio-based talent, and additional artists that inspire him.