House Bill 448, the Fostering Siblings Connections Act is a bill that matters greatly to Ohio foster care youth and alumni. This bill was introduced by Representatives Sarah LaTourette and Janine Boyd in 2017, and co-sponsored by Representatives Kristin Boggs, Stephanie Howse, Bill Reineke, Jeff Rezabek, Kent Smith, and Thomas West.
The OHIO Youth Advisory Board previously launched a statewide Youth Letter Writing Campaign to educate legislators about the need to better support Sibling Connections. Here are two sample letters from:
On January 16, 2018, Ohio foster care youth shared their insights as part of a panel during an Interested Parties Meeting about HB 448.
When the bill was referred to Committee in 2018, testimonials were shared by foster care alumni on June 20, 2018, including: