George welcomes “Right to stay till 21” for foster children
The Liberal Democrat MP for the West Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Constituency of St Ives, Andrew George, has welcomed the announcement that children placed in foster families will have the choice to remain with them until the age of 21.
Mr George said, “I have raised this concern with Government Ministers before. Young people face the risk of homelessness and disruption just at the time of their lives when they need a helping hand. When you are completing education, trying to get qualifications or find work, you are in need of more support rather than less. I’m pleased that, at last, the Government has listened to what young people and their foster families want. Councils now have a legal duty to provide financial support for those who want to stay with their foster families beyond the age of 18.”
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