The call for the need to extend support offered to young people in out-of-home care is not limited to Australia

The call for the need to extend support offered to young people in out-of-home care is not limited to Australia

A new report out of Vancouver, Canada ‘Opportunities in Transition: An Economic Analysis of Investing in Youth Aging out of Foster Care,’ has concluded that supporting children to their 25th birthday would pay off in the long run. In Canada, foster children “age out” on their 19th birthday and are cut off from government support. The report states that the six additional years cost approximately $99,000 for each young person, but the benefits would far outweigh that cost.

Learn more: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/b-c/supporting-foster-kids-to-age-25-would-save-money-report-1.2346401

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Every child deserves to be supported into adulthood – extending out of home care until the age of 21 will give thousands of young people the additional guidance they need to have a real shot at life.

 

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