A success - but we'll still need your help

Posted by Rhea Stevens / Wednesday 12 February 2014 / Chance to stay Children in care

Yesterday, Assembly Members had the opportunity we've been waiting for. They voted on whether young people in Wales should be able stay with their foster carers until they are 21.

What happened?

  • The majority of AMs voted to give fostered young people support until 21.
    This is brilliant news, and a real breakthrough - they listened!
  • The rest declined to vote or voted against but only because they didn't believe the wording of the change they were voting went far enough.
    We agree, there is work to be done to make sure young people are given the right sort of support and enough to really help them - with the money to back it up.
  • The Deputy Minister, Gwenda Thomas AM, agreed to look at the law again with other AMs in the next few weeks and decide whether to make it clearer and stronger.

All in all, a brilliant start, but there is still some way for us to go.

It's amazing to think that when we launched Chance to Stay - Cyfle I Aros in December the Welsh Government had no plans to support young people in foster care after the age of 18.

Just 3 months on, your emails, phone calls, letters and stories have made Assembly Members from all political parties want to help. Not only that, but they want to make sure they get it right and are fighting to make sure it makes a real difference to the young people who need it.

I'm glad the Welsh Government has agreed to look at this again. What they finally agree on needs to be really clear so that young people and foster families get the support, advice and money they need for this to work in reality.

For now, thank you for everything you've done to get us this far. We've come a long way in a really short time, and we won't stop until this is a reality for every young person who needs it.

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