Most Australian teenagers, when they turn 15 years old, are midway through secondary school and dreaming of the day they can learn to drive. However, at 15, young people in foster care are given a leaving care plan to help ease their transition into adulthood. Countries such as New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Scotland have now increased the age young teenagers in care can remain in the system to give them more choice.
Should Australia learn from its neighbours and re-evaluate the policies for young people in care? In the video, we discuss why organisations want an increase in the age limit for young teenagers who choose to stay in care.