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#MakeIt21: Zoe's, Terrell's and Jayke's stories

Meet Zoe, Terrell and Jayke. In this video, they share the difference that support until the age of 21 might have made for them as young people in the foster care system. We’re asking the Queensland Government to extend support for young people in the foster care system to the age of 21, instead of only 18 or 19. With this additional support, young people coming out of the care system can get a better start in life

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#MakeIt21: Jessie's and Jayden's stories

Jayden loves playing sport and wants to study at Bible college next year. Jessie has just graduated with a degree in Human Services. Having recently left care, Jayden has found the transition difficult. Extending support for care leavers to 21 could make a big impact on Jayden’s life. Jessie left care several years ago, but still remembers how difficult she found it. She’s frustrated that there hasn’t been a change yet, as she sees young people like her struggling with housing at a very young age. Anglicare is asking the Queensland Government to extend support for young people in out-of-home care to the age of 21

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#MakeIt21: Shania's and Caleb's stories

Meet Shania and Caleb. Shania loves soccer and describes herself as a “science nerd”, and Caleb loves science and technology. As young people continuing their journey to adulthood, extending foster care to 21 would support them to learn the skills they need to transition into adulthood. We’re calling on the Queensland Government to listen to young people like Shania and Caleb and their real-world experiences by extending support for them until the age of 21

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#MakeIt21: Rick's and Clay's stories

Rick has recently become a proud dad. Clay is from Killarney and lives on Bribie Island. Both Rick and Clay experienced difficulty when they first left care, and they found the lack of support navigating life when they left care overwhelming, with both sleeping on the streets for a time. They believe that extending support to the age of 21 would help young people leaving care avoid the challenges they faced. We’re asking the Queensland Government to extend support for young people in out-of-home care to the age of 21

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#MakeIt21: Hannah's and Janice's stories

Meet Janice and Hannah. Janice loves camping and four-wheel driving. Hannah loves to read and write fantasy. In this video, they share the difference that support until the age of 21 might have made for them as young people in the foster care system