Young people in foster care tend to become independent adults at a younger age than most young people, who often live with their parents into their 20s or 30s.
Some of our young people will return to live with their birth families, but others will live independently at 18, and some will stay with their foster families on a ‘Staying Put’ arrangement. Information about our policies and procedures for young people leaving care can be found in the ISP Foster Carer Handbook.
Click on the topics below for some important information for care leavers:
Preparing to leave care
Young people should be supported in developing life skills – self-care, practical and interpersonal skills – from the start of the placement until the day they leave. See the Life Skills Development area of I-SPACE for guidance in relation to this task.
Here are a few helpful resources for young people who are ready to move to their own independent accommodation: