Ruth Stivey

Ruth is a volunteer in charge of communications for the Topé Project, a volunteer-led initiative for care-leavers. She also cares for a family member and works as a freelance journalist. With an interest in social issues, Ruth has written for a variety of newspapers and magazines, including charity publication Who Cares?

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Living alone after leaving care can be traumatic for teenagers

Time to give a new meaning to 'take care'

A change in the law will allow vulnerable youngsters to move out into the world when they are ready, rather than being forced to do so at 18

Apprenticeships are the answer to youth unemployment - as long as we do them properly

I left school at 16, but was in a better position than many of my school friends after they graduated from university. Why? Because I did an apprenticeship

Phil Reay-Smith, left, his husband Michael McIsaac and six-year-old Scott, their adopted son

All prospective parents should consider adoption - but especially gay people

A study from the University of Cambridge's Centre for Family Research has confirmed that children in gay adoptions are at no disadvantage

Christmas doesn't have to be lonely for care leavers

This time of year can be difficult for young people without close family, but the volunteer-run Tope Project is changing that in the most festive way imaginable

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