Funding for regional QLD foster and kinship carers
THIS week is Foster and Kinship Carer Week, and the Minister for Child Safety has contributed funding towards regional Queensland as a part of the celebrations.
Foster and kinship carers from across the state have been recognised for their commitment to some of the state's most vulnerable children.
Minister for Child Safety Di Farmer said the week was about celebrating and thanking carers for the great work they undertake in their local communities.
Ms Farmer said the Queensland Government had contributed $30,000 to regional activities as part of Foster and Kinship Carer Week to thank and recognise the contribution of carers during presentation ceremonies.
"Every year since 1999 we have marked this week to recognise the enormous contribution of more than 5000 foster and kinship carers make here in Queensland to children who can no longer live safely at home,” she said.
"Our foster and kinship carers are some of the kindest and most committed Queenslanders, and I want to say thank you. We value you so much.
"They are dedicated, passionate and most of all they provide a loving, stable home for children who can no longer live safely at home with their own families.”
Ms Farmer said although it's not always easy working with these vulnerable children in regional Queensland, it is incredibly rewarding.
"Every one of our foster and kinship carers is an important person in a child's life,” she said.
"Every opportunity I have, I remind people of the fact that carers are the backbone of our child protection system and co-workers in our response to protect children from harm and neglect.
"So this week we all say thank you for the incredible effort and for opening your homes to children in need.”
Ms Farmer said over the past year a number of changes had been made to help carers, including extending the foster and kinship carer allowance this year for children who turn 18 while still at school.
"From mid 2020, that support will extend to young people up to 19 years of age,” she said.