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Kin Carers Deserve the Same Support as Foster Care

5 September 2007
For Immediate Use

Kin Carers Deserve the Same Support as Foster Carers Now

The Government should fund grandparents raising grandchildren/kin carers with the same support they fund foster care-givers, says Grandparents Raising Grandchildren™ Trust NZ Founder, Diane Vivian.

“Grandparents are desperate for the extra support they see foster care-givers get as a matter of right.

Ms Vivian is commenting on questions asked in the Parliamentary today by United Future’s Judy Turner.

“It’s not fair that grandparents receive less money from the Government than foster care-givers for raising the same children.

Diane Vivian supports United Future’s questions to the Minister of Social Development, Hon Steve Maharey.

“We’re delighted to find at last some support for the cause of grandparents raising their grandchildren and kinship carers in Parliament. Our grandparents/carers do hard work without full financial assistance, respite care, counselling for troubled children or legal aid for ongoing custody battles.

“Grandparents Raising Grandchildren™ Trust NZ will continue to work for to achieve equity with foster care-givers for all kin carers, says Ms Vivian.

ENDS



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