Action for Children is responding to the announcement made this morning that children in care in England will be able to stay with their foster families until their 21st birthday, rather than having to leave at 18.
Matt Downie, head of campaigns at Action for Children, said: “We have been asking for the care leaving age to be increased for decades – this is a long time coming but a vital change for vulnerable children and young people.
“The trauma that many experience before being taken into care can mean that they are not ready to leave home before they are 21. Many are forced to live independently at 16 years old and we know it can be a dangerous and lonely experience.
“Today we are launching a campaign calling on the Welsh Government to do the same as the same as the Department for Education in supporting young people in foster care until 21.
“Now is the time to ensure all young people in foster care have the Chance to Stay.”
To find out more about Action for Children's campaign Chance to Stay click here.
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