‘We just want to be supported like other kids’: How Australia is failing foster care teens

The New Daily

This article from the New Daily highlights some of the lack of supports for children leaving out-of-home care in Australia. "Within 12 months of leaving state care, half of [young people] will end up homeless, a new parent or in prison," according to the article. "COVID-19 has only exacerbated the problem, with the country’s youth unemployment rate increasing by three percent over the past year. Calls to mental health services have also surged since March." In light of this, the state of Victoria has recently become "the first state in Australia to fund an extra three years of out-of-home care for young people," which will allow young people to stay with their foster carers for an additional three years or use the money to make their own living arrangements. However, other states are lagging behind.