30 October 2003
New Funds For Foster Carers Well Overdue
NZ First’s family affairs spokesperson, Barbara Stewart, has welcomed CYF’s Minister Ruth Dyson’s announcement of
additional funding for the training of new foster carers.
“However this should be regarded as the beginning of an upgrading process for the provision of foster care, rather than
a complete answer,” said Mrs Stewart.
“Not only is action needed to improve the numbers and training of carers but closer scrutiny of their suitability is
also called for. There have been instances of children being placed in the care of people, including family members, who
have turned out to be totally unsatisfactory.
“While it is obviously difficult to be one hundred percent certain about the motivations and suitability of every foster
carer the results of some placements made in recent years have been so disastrous for the children concerned that
additional resources must be provided for more intensive checks.
“CYF has the responsibility when placing children in care to ensure that they are not going from a bad situation to one
that is worse. This has happened in the past and must not be allowed to happen again.
“Training is only part of the answer” said Mrs Stewart.