For many leaving care, independence comes at a high price

FOR most young people, flying the nest is a thrilling experience. A daunting one, too, but with any worries usually offset by the main benefit: independence.

Leaving home brings the freedom to come and go as you please, no parental questions asked. The freedom to choose your own routines, your own meals, your own furniture arrangements.

Crucially, for most human beings, it includes the freedom to return to the nest as a welcome visitor any time – for a feed, for advice, for a cash loan, or for emotional support in times of strife. But imagine, if you can, that there is no nest. That the twigs and feathers have been blown away, leaving nothing but a bare tree branch.

Read the rest of this column at thenational.scot

Published in The National on February 16 2018.

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