A different outcome?

The outcomes for children who’ve been in Out of Home Care do not tell a good story.

Regardless of the reasons for it, separation from family is a traumatic experience. This trauma is often compounded by multiple placements resulting from any combination of the impacts of trauma, ill-equipped carers, or decisions being made by a care system under a lot of pressure. Trauma impacts our brain, biology, body, beliefs and behaviours in significant ways and when experienced early on it can have profound long-term impacts.

Research shows that young people leaving care in Australia are more likely to:

  • Have poor education including leaving school early.
    • 65% of young people did not complete year 12.
  • Be unemployed, underemployed, and earning lower wages.
    • 29% were unemployed (compared to a national average of 9.75%)
  • Be homeless or have unstable housing arrangements
    • 35% of young people leaving care were homeless in the first year of leaving care
  • Have children at a young age
  • Have challenges with physical health, mental health and substance abuse
  • Lack informal social support
  • Be involved in the criminal justice system
    • 46% of young men and 22% of young women with a care experience had been involved in the juvenile justice system.

What if we could change this story?

What if we could prevent some of the negative outcomes that we often see church and community programs trying to respond to – homelessness, prison, addiction, early pregnancy and unemployment. What if we could support families, love children and young people well, see the reunification of families and contribute to healing, before these other realities unfold?

We don’t all have to do the same thing but we can all do something.

There are many different ways that you can get involved with The Homeward Project. Explore these at the link below.

Your church can build a holistic ministry of Out-of-Home Care that makes a significant and sustainable difference for children and families in your local community. Find out more at the link below.

Other Resources


  • Foster Care Sunday

  • God’s ability to turn brokenness into good. Eva’s story

  • Foster Care: Leaving a legacy

  • Beauty from ashes. Tina’s story

  • A vision for God’s people

  • Birthday in a box.

Your Church and the Homeward Project

Help transform Out-of-home Care in your community.


Churches Community Foster Care Kinship Care Supporting Carers Trauma Volunteer

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