Emma Garton, Queensland Council of Social Service

Transition to Independence Month (T2I Month), held annually in November, aims to raise awareness about the needs of young people as they transition from out-of-home care to independence. 

This year’s theme Road to Independence… Journey to success aims to promote the idea that a young person’s transition to independent living is a journey that takes time. The journey for young people to become independent and successful ultimately sets the direction for their transition to adulthood.

Each year more than 500 young people leave the Queensland child protection system to live independently. Majority of these young people often receive assistance from family, carers and community members, as well as government and non-government service providers. However, many young people make this transition without any form of support or networks.

A young person's journey from care to independence requires a collaborative approach from everyone supporting them. This is a critical life phase when young people need to be encouraged to aspire and reach their goals.

T2I Month is coordinated by GForce, a sector-wide working party chaired by CREATE Foundation and made up of government and non–government organisations. As part of their work they embrace young people with a care experience playing an active role in contributing to and leading the group’s work.

G-Force also provides support to those working with young people in out-of-home care by sharing practical information, practice wisdom and useful resources. Alongside this the group also encourages stakeholders to take up the opportunity to provide feedback about systemic changes that could lead to improved outcomes for young people moving into independent living.

This year the T2I Month was launched in Central Queensland, in Yeppoon, on 3 November 2017. Celebrations included the chance for young people in care to share their experience with other young people, carers and workers across Queensland.

To find out more about T2I Month go to the CREATE Foundation's website

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