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It's time to extend care to 21

Home Stretch infographicWhen is it ok to put someone on the path towards homelessness? Surely everyone deserves to have a place to call home. Yet up to half of the young people who have been in the care of the state will become homeless within two years when they leave without adequate support. While young people from much more advantaged backgrounds are staying at home well into their twenties, kids leaving the state care system, who frequently carry the marks of trauma and neglect, are left on their own at 18.

It’s time to change this system that sets young people up to fail. That’s why The Salvation Army are backing the Home Stretch campaign to extend support for young people who have been in out-of-home care until they are 21. As we approach a Victorian election later this year, we are calling on all parties to commit to a platform that no longer abandons care leavers but instead gives them the support they need for a better future. If you want to join us in that call, you can sign on to the campaign here.