We don't stop caring when our young people turn 17
In New Zealand, young people leave state care on their 17th birthday. At Lifewise we see the terrible consequences of that every day - homeless 17 year olds with nowhere to turn to.
We have teamed up with organisations around the country to ask that the government give young people the support that every other Kiwi has - the option of a home and support until they're 21.
Please sign the petition at www.actionstation.org.nz/wedontstopcaring
With the government's current review of Child Youth and Family (CYF), now is the perfect time to show that Kiwis don't stop caring when our young people turn 17. Under the current law, children lose child services protection when they turn 17, but aren't able to access adult support like student allowances until they are 18.
Raising the age means we could prevent hundreds of young people becoming homeless.
These kids have been removed from their parents through no fault of their own and they should have the same rights to a home-base as everyone else.
For more information about the campaign, visit www.bigsleepout.org.nz