Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Focus Ireland Aftercare campaign

I have just sent an e-mail to support Focus Ireland's campaign to ensure continues to support young people leaving State care, and I am asking you to do the same.

Every week, we hear about children being put into care. Often the circumstances they are being rescued from make it sound like a happy ending. But when a child reaches 18 the state no longer has any legal responsibility to look after them. Even if they have been in care for most of their lives, they must suddenly survive in the adult world - alone. Many people struggle in these hard circumstances and can even end up homeless. There is some support but not enough for everyone - so more needs to be done.

Focus Ireland has now organised a petition to Minister for Children, Barry Andrews, who is currently considering a proposal to change the law and provide a guarantee of Aftercare where it is needed.

I have written to Minister Andrews to support this call, I thought you might be interested in doing the same. Click on www.focusireland.ie and click on Take Action.

It only takes a couple of minutes and will make a difference.

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