Victory for kids in state foster care!

Thanks to people power

Hope street art

Today is one of those really good days when we get proof that together we can help make New Zealand a kinder, fairer, better country.

The Government just announced they would extend state support and protection to young people up to the age of 21 years.

This means less of our young people will slip through the cracks and end up on the street. Because now, they have a guaranteed home until they are 21.

This happened because of the tireless efforts of campaigners like Dingwall Trust, Lifewise, Wesley Community Action and Tupua Urlich, and because 14,000 awesome New Zealanders added their voice to call on Minister Anne Tolley to raise the age of state foster care.

Thank you. This change will make a massive difference to the lives of young people in our country.

Birthday cake we delivered to Minister Anne Tolley in December 2015. Pictured from left to right is Moira Lawler, Lifewise, Shae Ronald, Youthline, Marianne Elliott, ActionStation & David Hanna, Wesley Community Action.

Back in May, in response to our petition, the Government announced the age of state foster care would increase to 18. It was a good first step, but didn’t go nearly far enough. So ActionStation members stuck at it, and continued to email the Minister to let her know we wanted more protection for young people at risk of ending up on the street.

Yesterday the Government announced they would do what we asked in the first place: lift the age of state care to 21 years, with optional transitional support through to 25 years.

This is a fantastic outcome for young people in New Zealand.

Together, we can inspire our politicians to choose compassionate, smart policies that keep our kids safe and give everyone the chance to flourish.


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