My Place-Ngany Mia (Leaving Care)

Support for young people who are moving from care to independent living

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My Place-Ngany offers skill development opportunities and support to young people aged 14 to 25 who are in foster care, are in the Department of Communities’ care, are 16 and have left foster care or a group home and moving into independent living, or are preparing to leave care.

This voluntary program can ease your transition into independent living by supporting you to build new connections and learn essential life skills. It is available to young people who live in Rockingham and Mandurah.

We can help you

  • Undertake education and training
  • Find employment
  • Access health and counselling services
  • Obtain accommodation
  • Obtain legal advice
  • Access financial assistance (where appropriate)

Supporting you in your transition from care

My Place -Ngany Mia has three planning phases. You can enter, leave and re-enter at any stage.

Phase 1. Preparation for leaving care

This phase is for 14 to 16 year olds with family in foster or residential care. We meet regularly to share views and talk about your future goals.

Phase 2. Moving towards independent living

This phase is for young people 16 years and over. We provide opportunities to develop life skills and help you plan a transition to independent living.

Phase 3. Aftercare while living independently

This phase is for young people aged 18-25 years, who are living independently. We provide guidance and support to help you maintain housing and connections to the community.

Who can apply?

The service is for young people who have been the subject of a care or protection order at any time after 15 years old:

  • aged between 15-25
  • are in foster care
  • are in the care of the Department of Communities
  • are preparing to leave care
  • have left foster care or a group home

How to apply

1. Get a referral or self-refer

To access My Place -Ngany Mia you will need to get a referral for the program through the Department of Communities or an Out of Home Care Agency. Your caseworker should be able to assist with this. If you are no longer in care, you can self refer. You can download a referral form here. Please note that this program is not a crisis or accommodation service.

2. Referral received

We’ll review your referral and supporting documents to ensure we have all the information we need. In some instances, we may need to request additional details from your referrer.

3. Referral accepted

We’ll contact your referrer to let them know that we’ve accepted you into the program and give an estimated wait time to allocate you a youth worker. Your youth worker may contact you directly or speak to your carer depending on your needs and living situation.

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Express your interest by using filling out our enquiry form. We will respond within 3 business days.

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