NT must support young people in the ‘Home Stretch’

Anglicare NT has joined other local NGOs in launching the Home Stretch election campaign. Together, we called on all political parties in the Northern Territory to increase the legislated age young people can stay in Out of Home Care from 18 years to 21 years.

The launch was held at Larrakia Nation shop front and was attended by Home Stretch Committee members and organisations, young people, carers and the media. Our key campaign ask is for representatives to commit to changing the law so that young people in care are guaranteed continued support after their 18th birthday.

Former Olympian and Senator, Nova Peris, gave a keynote address as an official ambassador for the campaign. We also heard from a young person who has just turned 18 years and is trying to finish school, and a carer who says that the current arrangement causes stress and anxiety for the whole household.

Home Stretch is a national campaign which is supported by Anglicare Victoria. The Northern Territory Committee is comprised of Larrakia Nation (co-chair), Foster & Kinship Care Association NT (co-chair), Anglicare NT, NTCOSS, Tangentyere Council, CREATE Foundation and Life Without Barriers.