This paper deals with the problems of children and young people in out-of-home care, which have to leave care, even if aren’t autonomous at all. So being legally an adult at 18-years-old can imply high risks of cumulative instabilities and social exclusion. A new law in Italy is aimed to give to young care-leavers chances for extension of social protection and financial support. The text analyzes main features of the situation in our country, comparing the most relevant topics of international literature about this peculiar target.
Keywords: Children/young people in out-of-home care; care-leavers; age limits; transitions into adulthood.