Happy New Year to all of our members. I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas with family and friends. Fostering Kids NZ staff are now back to work and we are looking forward to an interesting 2018.
As you may be aware, the new Government promised an inquiry in its 100-day plan for an independent inquiry into child abuse in state care before 1992. They stated, “There will be an independent inquiry into historical claims of abuse of children in State care with a view to learning lessons to ensure that policy is changed to minimise the risk of this happening in the future.”
We believe that there needs to be a robust and accessible system to support, train and resource caregivers so that they are able to trust the system to support them. The system needs to provide an ability to heal children and young people with developmental trauma so that it does not affect their potential and outcomes. This impacts on all of us financially and socially.
We do not want to look back in ten or twenty years and find we are in the same place as we are today. The correlation between increasing poor outcomes for children in care and inadequate investment for care families continues. The follow on cost to society is immense. Until we invest in our caregivers – the people that spend the most time with the children and young people, then nothing will change. This will require more than just policy change.
We await with interest the changes that we hope will occur, so that our members are better supported.
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