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Policy to support Foster Carers at recent AGM

Posted on 10 September 2018
Policy to support Foster Carers at recent AGM

 

Celebrating Victorian Foster Carers and paying homage to Carer and Children's voices during Foster Care Week.

 

A Liberal Nationals Government will enable foster and kinship carers to have access to the medical history records of children placed in their care within 48 hours.

This announcement comes during Foster Care Week which raises awareness about foster care within the community and highlights the challenges often faced by foster and kinship carers, such as gaining access to these vital records.

In addition, I am supporting carers who are advocating for change to #MakeIt21. A Liberal Nationals Government will pilot the HomeStretch program and provide funding for 75 places per year (over two years) for young people transitioning from state care - to support their education, employment, housing, physical and psychological goals.

In a study by Anglicare Victoria it was found that by extending support for young people who are transitioning from state care between the ages of 18 to 21, we can halve homelessness, prevent alcohol and drug abuse, reduce incidents of mental health, and involvement in the criminal justice system as well as better enable the state's vulnerable youth to achieve their full potential.

Young people in Foster Care should be able to concentrate on VCE and enjoy life, not be dreading the uncertainty of approaching 18 and the prospect of facing the world on their own.

Our carers do an extraordinary job in opening up their homes and their hearts to children in need and that's why a Liberal Nationals Government will support the work they do.

Tags: Shadow Minister for Health News - Southern Metropolitan

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