MEDIA RELEASE: Nation’s foster and kinship carers urge governments to extend the age of leaving care

Australia’s largest ever foster and kinship care conference, with over 700 carers and delegates, will today call on the nation’s governments to give young people in state care the option to extend support from 18 to 21.

 

The national Shine a Light Conference in Melbourne will vote on a motion to support the Home Stretch campaign and its call for governments around Australia to change the law and give young people in out-of-home care the option to remain in care until they are 21.

 

Foster Care Association of Victoria CEO Katie Hooper said foster families were being let down by the current system which cut support when young people turned 18.

 

When state support for kids in foster homes is cut on their 18th birthday, many carers face the heart-wrenching decision about how they will support this young person into the future,” she said. 

 

See the official media release here 

 

For all media enquiries please contact:
Katie Hooper, Chief Executive Officer: (03) 9416 4292 or 0437 899 022

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Anna Viola, Media Communications: (03) 9416 4292