Darcy bucks the trend

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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