Foster Care Youth

Education is a critical element for every young person seeking a successful transition to adulthood. For young people in foster care, the need for a stable education is often overshadowed by efforts to protect their physical safety. Foster care youth attend five different high schools on average.

Ohio Reach: Supporting Foster Youth Reaching for Higher Education

Ohio Reach is a network of professionals, advocates, and students across Ohio determined to support former foster youth on their higher education journey. It provides resources to institutions of higher education, child welfare agencies, and foster care alumni enrolled in higher education to support their academic success.

  • Ohio Reach is administered by the Ohio Children's Alliance in partnership with the Ohio Department of Higher Education. The Ohio Children's Alliance is a nonprofit organization based in Columbus, Ohio.
  • The Ohio Reach Network consists of Campus Liaisons from higher education institutions across the State of Ohio, leaders from the child welfare and higher education sectors, and foster care alumni.
  • Short-Term Certificate Program, Foster Youth Grant | Overview pdf
  • For more information, please visit


Bridges: Building Brighter Futures

Bridges is a voluntary program available to young adults who left foster care in Ohio at ages 18, 19 or 20 and who are in school, working, participating in an employment program, or have a medical condition that prevents them from going to school or working. The program provides guidance and support as they transition to adulthood.

A Bridges representative can help you navigate your educational path, whether that involves GED testing, an ApprenticeOhio program, vocational school, community college, or four-year college.