In May 2021, Minister for Child Protection Luke Donnellan announced the Home Stretch program would receive $38.9 million over four years and ongoing funding as part of the Victorian Budget 2021-22
This investment means Home Stretch is now available to young people on permanent care orders, offering them support from 18 years of age until they turn 21.
As of 1 July, Home Stretch is also available to those young people leaving foster care, kinship care and residential care from 16 years of age, instead of the previous minimum age of 18.
The Better Futures program will also be extended to young people on permanent care orders from 15 years and nine months, as part of the 2021-22 Budget.
Detailed practice advice and information regarding Better Futures and Home Stretch support for young people on permanent care orders is currently under development. Interim information can be found via the DFFH Providers website.
More information on Home Stretch and Better Futures is available at Leaving Care on the DFFH Providers website.
All existing Home Stretch and Better Futures practice advice and factsheets on the DFFH Providers website will be updated soon to reflect the 1 July program changes.
9 July 2021
Victoria’s landmark Home Stretch program is expanding, giving even more young Victorians support and a place to call home up until their 21st birthday.