BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – A bill aimed at extending the age of children eligible for foster care from 18 to 21 has already passed the Ohio House of Representatives.
Currently, once a child in the foster care system turns 18, he or she is allowed to leave the system.
Local state leaders, like Senator Joe Schiavoni, support increasing the age to 21. He thinks upping the age is important because at 21 years old, people should have the experience to live on their own.
“If you don’t make this investment for these young people in a very difficult time in their life, they may fall,” he says. “Once they fall, it’s hard to bring them back up.”
Similar proposals have passed in 26 other states.