Ohio is partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters to launch a new initiative to help foster children who "age out" of the system.
Ohio Job and Family Services and the nonprofit today announced the project to help young adults from the foster-care system make a smoother transition. The project - "Connecting the Dots from Foster Care to Employment and Independent Living" - hopes to bring together foster care caseworkers, career center staff, Big Brothers Big Sisters mentors and Ohio employers to help teens prepare for work, vocational training or college. The agency says as many as 1,300 young people in Ohio age out of foster care each year. Connecting the Dots will operate at five pilot locations: Cuyahoga, Lake, Summit and Hamilton counties, and a collaborative including Montgomery, Preble, Clinton and Greene counties.