Better Futures is a new service and practice model designed to improve outcomes for young people transitioning from care to supported independence, up to the age of 21. It is guided by a Better Futures (Advantaged Thinking) practice framework and support is tailored to meet the individual needs of young people.
Better Futures is a new way of supporting care leavers, engaging with young people and their support networks, including case managers and care teams early in their transition from care, and supporting young people across five service offers; housing and living skills, education, employment, health and wellbeing, and community connections.
Young people are eligible for Better Futures support from 15 years and 9 months until their 21st birthday
Young people in foster, kinship and residential care are eligible for Better Futures if they are subject to a family reunification order, a care by Secretary order or a long-term care order on or after their sixteenth birthday. Following cessation of their order, young people can receive support up until 21 years of age.
Service Area: Southern Metropolitan, Bayside Peninsula Region and East Division.
Eligibility Criteria: Young people between the ages of 15.9-21 years of age, and have been subject to a family reunification order, care by secretary order or long-term care order.