Greens pledge cash boost for grandparents

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Tom ZaunmayrMidwest Times
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The Greens will push for a $50 million cash injection into indigenous out-of-home care as part of a suite of promises made to assist grandparents tasked with looking after younger relatives.

A policy released earlier this month would see grandparents looking after children granted additional support and investment in early intervention to stem the flow of children moving into their grandparents’ care.

Senator Rachel Siewert said half of Australian children in relative or kinship placements were living with their grandparents.

“Grandparent carers who are in an informal arrangement with no legal recognition of their caring role and often lack access to the same financial assistance available to foster carers,” she said.

“We know that First Nations children are disproportionately represented in the out-of-home care system.

“The Greens will provide $50 million over four years for First Nations out-of-home care projects that support First Nations families at risk of entering the system, including funding First Nations family support workers.”

Ms Siewert said the Federal Government should show leadership on fixing fundamental problems with child protection.

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