Trial gives voice to youth in need
YOUNG people with experience of foster care helped engage a team of support workers and one-on-one mentors who will guide 1821 year olds through the Home Stretch trial.
Anglicare WA and the Department of Communities are collaborating on the 12-month trial of supporting young people from State care until the age of 21. This week they started inviting people from the Fremantle area who are living in, or have lived in, State care to join the project.
Former foster child Darcy was on the recruitment panel that selected staff for the trial. The 21year-old, who lived with six different carers until the age of 18, said he drew on his personal experience when selecting who could provide the best support for the young people.
Home Stretch project lead Andy Kazim said the process had given young people a voice on their needs when leaving State care.