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Video Anglicare Southern Queensland’s Foster Care Practitioner, Maureen Baxter, says that the first part of making children safe is to raise awareness in the community Video

Catching up with Foster Care Practitioners about Child Protection Week

Child Protection Week is about raising community awareness of how we can all keep children and young people safe. Anglicare Foster Care Practitioners Maureen, Elise, Liesa and Julie share why this week is so important and the role foster care plays in the protection of children and young people

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