Darcy bucks the trend
DARCY was just five years old when he was placed in foster care and lived with about six different carers until the age of 18.
But the 21-year-old bucks the trend, graduating from Year 12 and studying computer and technology at Curtin University for a year.
It’s then the support network proposed by Home Stretch would have helped him.
“After a year I got sick and my studies had to be put on the backburner,” he said. “I couldn’t study, work part-time and be sick at the same time.”
Darcy said if the Home Stretch model had been in place, he would have had mentors and been aware of resources provided by organisations like Anglicare WA, the Salvation Army and State Government.
Darcy said he was lucky he had developed a support network of family and friends but the majority of young people from State care didn’t have that.
He hopes to study nursing in the future and currently volunteers with the CREATE Foundation and Anglicare WA, helping young people coming out of the foster care system.