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What Happens To Children Taken Into Care?

The Minister of Social Services had admitted he doesn't know what has happened to a large number of children taken into CYFS care, says National Social Services spokesman Bob Simcock.

"In replies to written questions, Steve Maharey says he doesn't know how many of the 251 babies taken into care in 1999 have been returned to their families.

"The Minister has also admitted that CYFS doesn't know how many of all the children who are taken into care are returned to their families within eight weeks, six months, or one year.

"What's worse is that he doesn't think it's worth finding out.

"This serious lack of information gives weight to National's discussion document released yesterday, which proposes setting a target for CYFS of getting children back with their family - or in a permanent replacement home - within two years.

"How can we measure the effectiveness of CYFS when they don't even track basic information? How do we know if children are better off or worse off for having come into CYFS care? It is outrageous that the Minister cares so little about what is happening to the children that have been taken from their families.

"Children need the security that only a family can provide. Children have only one chance to grow up and being parked in care year after year is a waste of that opportunity," said Mr Simcock.


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