A children’s charity that pioneered fostering in Lancashire as an alternative to residential care, has welcomed announcements by the Government to extend foster caring to the age of 21.
Child Action Northwest, based in Wilpshire has offices across the region including Leyland, was one of the first organisations to offer foster care placements after phasing out its children’s homes.
The Government has announced that all young people who live in foster care in England will be able to stay with their foster carers until the age of 21 years.
Previously, young people had to leave their foster home at the age of 18 years when they were often not ready to move into their own home and live in the community without much support. Andy Bennett, operations director at Child Action Northwest said: “ Young people have told us how anxious they become as they reach the age of 18 years and are expected to move from their foster home although many do not want to.
“Now, young people in foster care will be able to prepare for their future knowing that they will have the support of their foster carers until the age of 21 years when they will feel much more confident about moving in to their own place.
“This is a major step forward in making sure that young people who have been ‘in care’ have the best chance to get a job and stand on their own two feet.”