"When I finally left care it wasn't so great. I struggled. Learning how to pay bills, rent and shopping and just being alone. We need to extend care to 21 because you wouldn't do to it to your own kids, if you had your own, you'd still have them at home and keep them safe." Learn More
I grew up in over eight different foster homes and many more residential care placements throughout my childhood. Before my 18th birthday, I was evicted from state care and became homeless. Learn More
You go through so much in care that to be left on your own while you're still trying to get your head around that and the rest of your adult choices, it's so much to take on board that you are just going to crash and burn. Learn More
Dylan Langley, state care-leaver
Kym knows this well and has converted his dining room into an extra bedroom so he can take back a former foster child.
“He’d ended up homeless and destitute.” Learn More
Foster carer Kym Phillips
I often went hungry because I'd mismanaged my money and I wish there had been someone to advise me. I struggled through those first years and I did learn how to do 'the grown up things'. What we have to do is more than what most young people are expected to do and in my experience, people often don't cut you any slack for that. As a care leaver and survivor, I wish others the best and hope they stay strong, take all the help that's going and one day, achieve 'normal'. Learn More