State Government of Queensland

04/23/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/23/2019 01:00

Foster and kinship carers recognised for commitment

Foster and kinship carers from across the state are being recognised for their incredible commitment to some of the state's most vulnerable children as Foster and Kinship Carer Week (21-28 April) kicks off in Queensland.

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.

'Every year since 1999 we have marked this week to recognise the enormous contribution 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.

'It's not always easy, but it is incredibly rewarding, and every one of our foster and kinship carers is an important person in a child's life.'

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.

'I have had the pleasure of meeting and talking to a large number of our foster and kinship carers and they are some of the most committed and dedicated people you will meet in this state,' 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.

For more information on becoming a foster and kinship carer visit www.qld.gov.au/fostercare ( http://www.qld.gov.au/fostercare )

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Media Contact: Minister Farmer's office 3719 7336