Unlike many other young people who can continue to live at home until they’re ready to fly the coop (and return home if need be), those in State Care are expected to make their own way the moment they turn 18.
Anglicare WA is part of Home Stretch, a national initiative aimed at increasing the State Care leaving age to 21. In a positive breakthrough, the State Government announced last year that it will work with us to trial the idea here in WA!
Since then we have workshopped ideas for a pilot program with the Department of Communities, UWA’s Centre for Social Impact and other sector agencies. Our final concepts will be presented to the State Government soon, with the trial likely to begin in the first half of 2019.