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State government circles at-risk youth as priority, commits $58m in funding

The state government has circled at-risk youth as a priority ahead of the upcoming election, with Premier Mark McGowan pledging an $18 million boost to PCYCs across Western Australia. The funding comes as part of a $58.6 million package to be delivered to youth programs across the state, and aims to help young people in times of crisis. The pledge would help ensure ongoing funding certainty over the next four years for PCYCs, and allow them to continue operating throughout WA. The package also includes $37.2 million to go towards the Homestretch program, which supports young people who would exit the state's child protection system when they turn 18 to maintain support to the age of 21. Homestretch, a partnership...

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Red Cross decision to shut Lady Lawley Cottage leaves families struggling to find respite care

Key points: The Red Cross announced in May it was shutting Lady Lawley Cottage There are concerns families have been left without similar care options Eight organisations have expressed interest in leasing the site Peta and Francis Kennedy are resilient but exhausted. Since the Red Cross announced in May it was permanently shutting its high-needs respite care unit for children in Perth, they have not been able to find an equivalent disability service to provide the specialised care their 12-year-old son Thallaich needs and have a desperately-needed break. "We've been really struggling just with lack of sleep and the overwhelming care," Ms Kennedy said. Thallaich has autism, is largely non-verbal, suffers from epilepsy and needs around-the-clock medical care. Thallaich's family...

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