This Foster Care Week we join in the call for carers to be supported with the basics such as birth certificates and Medicare cards, to be unburdened by the financial pressure to pay for health and education expenses that aren’t covered by the care allowance.
$77.5 million package to support kids through COVID-19 crisis
OzChild applauds today’s announcement from the Andrew’s Labor Government of additional funding to provide much needed support during these unprecedented times.
“Across Victoria, and around Australia, families are struggling, children and young people are at greater risk of harm as together we face a crisis unlike any other. News of this boost to funding provides some light at the end of a dark tunnel,” says OzChild’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Lisa J. Griffiths.
“I applaud the Andrew’s Labor Government and thank Minister Donnellan for his commitment to protecting children and young people during this time.
“Furthermore, the government’s commitment to provide relief for carers in financial distress will provide some much-needed support for those caring for some of Victoria’s most vulnerable children.
“Furthermore, the government’s commitment to provide relief for carers in financial distress will provide some much-needed support for those caring for some of Victoria’s most vulnerable children”.
“News of the one-off $600 payment for carers will be very well received by OzChild kinship and foster carers, I have no doubt this will take some pressure off,” adds Dr Griffiths.
For some children in out-of-home care the effects of childhood trauma, neglect or abuse make it difficult to manage their feelings, thoughts and behaviour. It has never been more important to ensure support services are in place to help carers manage and address behaviours brought about by the added pressures of social isolation.
“Times are tough, to expect anyone, let alone a young person in care who has just turned 18, to confidently and successfully transition to independent living during these unprecedented times is unfathomable,” says Dr Griffiths.
“I look forward to hearing more from Minister Donnellan on what this new model of family services care will look like.
“To date the decisions being made by our country’s leaders to address the Covid-19 pandemic have been evidence-based, I hope the funding provided will be directed into programs and support services that the evidence says work,” says Dr Griffiths.
In Victoria, the growth in OOHC is the fastest in the nation – a grim reality for the state which has endured the harshest and longest lockdowns. With more than 45,000 children already in OOHC across Australia, an additional 4,500 children are estimated to enter OOHC because of the pandemic – put simply, we do not have enough carers.
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