South Burnett CTC CEO Nina Temperton.
South Burnett CTC CEO Nina Temperton. Katrina Scott

Next Step helps kids transition from foster care

SERVICES for young people coming out of departmental care have been a long time coming, according to Nina Temperton.

A program called Next Step is being rolled out across the state and will assist with the transition from foster care and help youth gain housing and training.

CTC South Burnett CEO Ms Temperton said she had been lobbying 'forever' for a service like Next Step.

"These are really critical times and there are a lot of young people who are really floundering," Ms Temperton said.

Manager of CTC Youth Services Kirsten Firman said the program would help many who come out of care in the South Burnett or move here after coming out of care.

The program has been running in the South Burnett since February 1 and has about 17 young people currently using the service.

"This is really an individualised service for anything they need assistance in," Ms Firman said.

She said young people currently in the program had been helped to find housing, access training, enrol in TAFE and get a driver's licence.

"It's a good thing, because the issue is a lot of funding finishes at 18," Ms Firman said.

"And it's a tough time for many young people coming out of care who don't have the support networks."

Ms Firman said more than 40 young people came out of care last year and many would be in need of help to get back on their feet.

Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington also welcomed the service which was developed under the previous government.

If anyone is in need of assistance, phone CTC on 4162 9097 or phone 1800 NEXTSTEP.

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