Did you know that each year thousands of young Australians who have grown up in foster care turn 18 and their living arrangements cease to be supported by the government? Consequently 35 percent experience homelessness after turning 18. Whilst young people in the general community continue living with their parents to an average age of 23 to 24, those who have been in care are forced to rely on the kindness of foster carers or try their luck with housing systems. The questions for our nations politicians – is this something you expect for your own children?
In November of 2019, CREATE held the Voices in Action: Nothing About Us Without Us Conference. The conference focused on three key priorities for change that were identified through consultations with children and young people in the development of CREATE’s 2018-2021 Strategic Plan. Transitioning from care was one of these priorities, and through the topic’s presentations, panels and workshops we saw young people, carers and sector professionals come together to call for extending support until 21. These photos and videos show their calls to #makeit21.
a. Talk about why you support #makeit21
b. Ask your politician to change the law so that young people can stay in a home supported by the care system until 21
c. Talk about any personal experience you have of this issue
d. Refer to some of the evidence and research in the “Learn More’ section of this page
e. You can also download and use our sample letter!