The transition from adolescence to adulthood —emerging adulthood— is now recognised as a significant stage in the life cycle in developmental, emotional and social terms. Young people leaving out-of-home care (OOHC) face this transition to adulthood without family support and with significant extra barriers such as poor mental health, intellectual and physical disabilities, and developmental delays. They are further disadvantaged through structural impediments and economic and social policy factors, such as the lack of affordable or appropriate housing and high unemployment.
Monica Campo and Joanne Commerford from the Child Family Community Australia information exchange at the Australian Institute of Family Studies recently published a report that takes a closer look at key areas of support that may help young people successfully transition from care. Read the report here to learn their findings.