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Your rights give you power. If you know what they are, you can use them to be in control of your own life, and plan for the future you want.

By now you should be familiar with the Charter of Rights. This website gives you even more information about what you have the right to ask for and make happen in your life, before and after you transition from out- of- home care (OOHC).

Think of your future plan as a blank canvas. A fresh start. Right now it has nothing on it, but for every right you take action on now, you add another brush stroke, making the picture more complete.

By standing up for everything you have a right to – things like contact with your siblings, applying for a TAFE course, being healthy or speaking up when you don’t feel you’re being heard – you are adding brush stokes to your painting. Take advantage of everything on offer, and you’ll end up with a complete work of art that is rich in every area of your life, not just one or two.

Your rights belong to you, and they will always be there for you.

Now it’s up to you to use them.