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Chance to Stay campaign, 16/12/13 [W]

Action for Children – Gweithredu dros Blant and the Fostering Network Wales have launched a new campaign to stop children being forced to leave foster care before they are ready. It’s very timely as last week the government said they’d fix this in England. We need young people in Wales to have the same opportunity.

The average age for leaving home in the UK is 24, yet young people have to leave foster care in Wales between the ages of 16 and 18.

The campaign, called Chance to Stay, calls for children to be allowed to stay in foster care until 21.

Children and young people enter the care system for many reasons, but most will have experienced great distress and upheaval in their childhood. This means they are less able to deal with independence than their peers and are more likely to have a mental illness, be homeless, misuse substances, be unemployed or to spend time in prison. It is also a sad fact that care leavers are 4 times as likely to commit suicide in adulthood.

Help us change the system for young people in foster care in Wales

We have an opportunity to change the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill currently being discussed in the National Assembly for Wales. Every Assembly Member will have a chance to vote on whether the law should give young people more time in foster care, so we need them to understand how urgent this issue is.

Ask your Assembly Member to give young people in foster care in Wales a chance to stay until they’re ready

Last week’s announcement in England puts extra pressure on Assembly Members in Wales and means now is the time to make so much difference to young people in foster care in Wales.

For more information about the campaign you can visit www.actionforchildren.org.uk/chancetostay or www. www.fostering.net/wales/chance-to-stay