Being in Care

Getting ready for independence

Oranga Tamariki has extended support to young people leaving care and youth justice as they transition to adulthood through our new Transition Support Service.

Just Sayin’: The survey of young people and Transition Support Services

The Transition Support Service wants to hear what rangatahi aged 17 and over have to say about how they can be supported when they leave care or youth justice custody.

Find out more about the survey

The need

Young people leaving our care or a youth justice residence face some big challenges and struggle to overcome them alone.

Our Transition Support Service has been designed with young people, using insights gathered through a co-design process.

Young people have told us they need:

  • responsive, flexible, relationship-based support
  • someone to be there for them
  • persistent support, despite their behaviour and decisions
  • support that can coordinate what they need from their communities, whānau, hapū and iwi and adult services.

What will Transition Support mean to young people?

We want to ensure young people leaving our care have the support and opportunities they need to successfully transition to adulthood and achieve their goals.

Young people will:

If you’d like to know if you’re eligible for this service, call us on 0800 55 89 89.