Trial gives voice to youth in need

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

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.


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