The Marshall Liberal Government is this week celebrating the state’s selfless and hardworking foster and kinship carers during 2018 National Foster and Kinship Care Week.
Minister for Child Protection Rachel Sanderson said she wanted to take the opportunity to thank “each and every foster and kinship carer in South Australia”.
“I would like to say a huge thank you to all the foster and kinship carers who dedicate their lives to looking after young people who have experienced hardship and neglect,” said Minister Sanderson.
“As the state’s first dedicated Minister for Child Protection, I have met with many foster and kinship carers and have seen first-hand the wonderful and selfless work they do in supporting vulnerable children in South Australia.
“I was very pleased the 2018-19 State Budget delivered an additional $8.8 million over four years to extend payments to foster and kinship carers for young people in care to age 21 from January 1, 2019 – a commitment of the new State Government.
“The extended foster care payments will go a long way to give children – and now young adults – continued financial support when they need it most.
“Studies show outcomes for young people supported beyond 18 years of age include better employment prospects, improved physical and mental health and drastically reduced incidence of alcohol and drug dependency and interaction with the justice system.
“This commitment also means the state’s selfless foster carers do not have to shoulder the cost burden themselves.
“Evidence shows home-based care is far more beneficial for vulnerable children because it gives the child a sense of family and in South Australia, there is a shortage of family-based carers.
“Reducing the number of children in residential care is my priority and together, the Department for Child Protection and non-government sector are currently looking to attract South Australians willing to become foster carers.
“This will reduce the number of children in residential facilities and increase the number of children living in safe, stable, secure and loving homes.”
For more information about becoming a foster carer call 1300 2 FOSTER or visit http://www.childprotection.sa.gov.au/children-care/foster-care