Ohio Bridges Program
for Foster Youth

Ohio Bridges Program for Foster Youth

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A need for support doesn’t end on an 18th birthday.

Agape for Youth provides services available through Bridges, a program in Ohio that extends housing and other supportive services to eligible adults who leave foster care on or after their 18th birthday, but are not yet 21.

Bridges is administered by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services through a contract with The Child and Family Health Collaborative of Ohio, LLC. The Collaborative’s provider agencies throughout the state support young adults in their efforts to achieve self-sufficiency and independence.


You may be eligible for Bridges if you are not yet 21 and if you left the Ohio foster care system at age 18, 19, or 20.

In addition, you must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Completing secondary education or a program leading to an equivalent credential
  • Enrolled in college or other post-secondary school
  • Participating in a program or activity designed to promote, or remove barriers to, employment
  • Employed at least 80 hours a month
  • Incapable of doing any of the above activities due to a physical or mental health condition
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Interested in getting started in the Bridges Program, or making a referral?

Ohio’s Bridges Program exists to provide housing and other support services to eligible young adults between the ages of 18-21.

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Our Bridges Staff

Bridges Supervisor

(513) 914-2971 ext. 1125

Bridges Liaison

(513) 914-2971 ext. 1126

Bridges Liaison

(937) 439-4406 ext. 1115

Bridges Liaison

(937) 439-4406 ext. 1115

Why Our Work Matters

I know the Founder, as a Teen I myself had some issues to work out and Steve was my Counselor and Big Brother. I am a very successful Business Man and Family Man. Thanks for your Support My Friend and what a Great Agency you have Founded.

Former Teen

Daniela was amazing! I really loved how no matter what issue it was or what day/time it was, she helped and listed!

Family Support Parent

A great parent coach 10/10 recommend to any parent needing help.

Family Support Parent

Our worker was a pleasure to work with. We are extremely happy with the knowledge and compassion that she showed towards our family. She feels like family, and we are truly going to miss her.

Family Support Parent

Staff at Agape really care for the community and the youth. I love Agape and all they have done for me and my family. I have become someone I can be proud of.

Former Parent

Ways to Help


Your support matters. Join us in our mission to grow families well by making a donation today.


We can’t do this without you. Whether you are qualified to tutor youth or can offer support for one of our annual events, your time and talents are both needed and appreciated.