Home Stretch Allowance (Home Based Care) - practice advice

This practice advice has been developed to support practitioners working with young people who via Home Stretch, will continue to reside with their kinship or foster carer beyond their 18th birthday.

Through Home Stretch, young people and their kinship and foster carers will have the option of the young person remaining with their carer up to the age of 21 years, supported by an allowance. This allowance, known as Home Stretch Allowance (HBC), contributes to the day-to-day costs incurred caring for a young person aged 18 yrs-21 years. The allowance is intended to contribute towards costs incurred by the carer, for example costs of accommodation, utilities, telephone and internet.