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Home Stretch

Video Jessie Video

#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

Shania, Chair of Home Stretch Paul McDonald, and Marie and Jayke, who shared their stories of how they struggled when they had to leave care before the age of 18 at New Farm Cinemas on 29 April, 2022

Personal accounts tell a story of "abandonment and struggle" after state care in Queensland

Queensland’s refusal to extend foster care for its most vulnerable young people is “bewildering” given most Australian states now offer care to the age of 21, national Home Stretch Chair Paul McDonald said recently at the launch of a new series of videos in Brisbane featuring the lived experience of those in the foster care system


#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


#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


The Qld Home Stretch campaign is here!

“Half of the young people leaving the out-of-home care system at 18 years end up in poverty, homeless, in jail or a new parent within the first twelve months of leaving state care,” says Anglicare Social Policy and Advocacy Advisor Leanne Wood as she calls us to support the Home Stretch campaign