Can I participate?

You are eligible to participate if:

  • You are 18 years old or just turned 19 in the past month,
  • And you were in the care of the State of Ireland up to your 18th birthday (e.g. foster care, kinship care, or residential care).

Unfortunately, you are not eligible to participate if:

  • You are over the age of 19,
  • Or you were in care but not up until the age of 18.

This project is trying to better understand the year directly after leaving care as many people consider it a critical time for care leavers, so I am looking to recruit young people as close to the point of leaving care as possible.

If you are not eligible for this study, but you are still interested in sharing your story, you may be eligible for this study on care leavers’ educational pathways.