Transition to Independence (T2I) Month
Each year, over 500 young people leave the Queensland child protection system to live independently. Help and support for these young people often comes from family, carers and community members, as well as government and non-government service providers. However, a number of young people make this transition without the support of a family network.
Transition to Independence Month or T2I Month is held in November each year with a focus on helping young people make the journey from the child protection system to independence and achieve positive life outcomes.
How can you be involved?
- – Talk to young people about Next Step After Care and how they can access support www.nextstepaftercare.com.au
– Hear from local young people about how they view transition to independence, and how we can help them to live independently.
– Organise your own local event for young people to celebrate their achievements in becoming independent.
– Coordinate an art exhibition featuring works from young people.
– Hold a fun group activity with young people (paddle boarding, go-karting) where you can talk about the challenges and opportunities.
– Organise a t2i expo where local service providers, including Next Step After Care, showcase the help they can provide to young people
Transition to Independence Month is coordinated by G-Force, a sector-wide working party made up of government and nongovernment organisations including: Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services; CREATE Foundation; Foster Care Queensland; PeakCare; Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak; Youth Advocacy Centre; Department of Housing and Public Works; Life Without Barriers; Office of the Public Guardian and Career Keys. Young people with a care experience play an active role in contributing to and leading the group’s work.
G-Force has pulled together a range of resources to support T2I Month.
Transition to Independence Clips
Watch some of the excellent short films below for some stories and inspiration from young people, carers and professionals:
For more transitioning from care videos, visit the CREATE Foundation YouTube channel