MEDIA RELEASE : No commitment on funding despite evidence

There has been no commitment made by either party in the lead up to the election, to cover the cost deficit faced by home-based carers of Victorian children and young people. The Foster Care Association is urging them to take the opportunity to address the disparity in the carer allowance that means the lowest two levels of basic care are underfunding carers by at least $70 per week, per placement. This is on top of the loss of income earning capacity that comes with meeting the needs of children and young people who’ve experienced trauma, neglect and abuse. On top of this shortfall, reimbursement to carers for expenses on things such as speech therapy can take weeks or even be refused. So often, the carer just pays out of pocket to avoid the children in their care missing out and the stress; many cannot afford to keep doing that.

 

See the official media release here

 

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