The Age of Independence

by PeakCare Qld on 26th July 2011

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This week Lorraine Dupree, our Policy and Research Manager has written a post on our professional practice Blog on transition from care.

Lorraine recently took part in a meeting with GForce. 

PeakCare is a member of GForce a sub group of the Child Protection Partnership Forum.  GForce has representation from an array of government and non-government services and includes the voices of young people in care or those who have been in care.

Lorraines thoughts:  Our meeting today focused on youth participation.  One of the young people facilitated an exercise with the participants.  In pairs we were instructed that one person was to draw their dream home and the other person could watch but not engage or communicate.  The person ‘looking on’ was then given full permission to do whatever they wanted to our dream home without us being able to comment.  Personally speaking, my dream was totally demolished by my colleague.  Our facilitator then reminded us that had we had the right to speak about our design and why we wanted it to be a certain way, the outcome may have been different.  I heard what he said but I was still miffed about my decimated dream home.  I later built a bridge however and got the point!"    

"It is one thing to ask our children growing up in State care to reach total independence at 18 when we know without a doubt that we don’t expect the same of children growing up in our families.  We add insult to injury when we fail to seriously and wholeheartedly hear, consider and provide what young people are saying they need.  Furthermore, theirs is not ‘dreaming’ it is clear requests of what they need to become fully participating members of our communities.  Our responsibility is to hear them and respond.

At the meeting today we also discussed the term ‘transition from care’ and agreed that ‘transition to independence’ was a far more positive and accurate term.  Whilst this outcome highlighted semantics it also led to a focus on a more positive statement in the main.

So here we are now transitioning children from State Care to independence.  It sounds nicer but the intent and the execution is the same.  Upon turning 18 years of age children who’ve grown up in State Care are to be independent. 

I’ve often wondered how I or my children would have reacted if at 15 and in Grade 10 someone sat down with us and stated: “For the next 3 years we will be helping you to transition from care/home.  When you are 18 you need to be totally independent.” 

Read Lorraine's Professional Practice Blog here.

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