Ohio History

Ohio Reach improves post-secondary outcomes for foster care youth and alumni through leadership, empowerment, advocacy, research and networking (L.E.A.R.N.)

Highlights of Ohio Reach through the years

  • 2009, 2010, 2011: Ohio Reach Summits brought together an average of 150 targeted professionals each year, half in child welfare and half in higher education, to build knowledge and partnerships to better support transitioning youth. The 2011 and 2012 summits were fully supported with an anonymous donation.
  • Jan. 2012: Ohio Reach representatives were a part of Statewide Regional OASFAA Meetings to highlight pertinent opportunities for transitioning students and pair them up with financial aid experts at college campuses statewide.
  • Casey Family Programs has donated numerousvaluable materials for use by both higher education and child welfare professionals in Ohio to prepare, connect and supporttransitioning youth in college.  
  • More and more Ohio colleges and universities are identifying Foster Youth Campus Liaisons that have developed greater awareness of needs and possible resources for transitioning youth – currently 13 Ohio campuses have identified liaisons.  
  • Spring 2013: Ohio Reach is granted funding from the Ohio Attorney General Office through the Mortgage Settlement Grant Office for 5 years.
  • Aug. 2013: Ohio Reach hires William M. Murray, IV as the organization’s first full-time employee.
  • Oct. 2014: Ohio Reach combines with Connecting the Dots to host a statewide conference for current and former foster youth. The conference also included caseworkers and college professionals. The conference brought in 600 participants total.
  • Spring 2015: Ohio Reach awards funding to 4 colleges to implement mentoring programming for foster youth on their respective campuses.