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Previous research finds that…

  • This year, around 3,000 of the 43,000 children currently in OOHC across Australia will be ‘evicted’ from the care system and transition into independent adulthood by, or before, the age of 18 years;
  • 43-65% of care leavers have poor mental health outcomes (depression, anxiety, PTSD, panic attacks, sleep disorders);
  • 35% of care leavers will be homeless within the first year of leaving care;
  • 46% of male leavers will be in the juvenile justice system;
  • 29% of leavers will be unemployed; and
  • Extending OOHC to 21 years will significantly reduce the probability of homelessness, as well as drug and alcohol dependence.

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