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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 4 Hansard (18 April) . . Page.. 1137..




Foster Care Programs

MS McRAE - asked the Minister for Children's and Youth Services on notice on 26 March 1996:

What is the difference between foster care services and the Family Services foster care program.

MR STEFANIAK - the answer to Ms McRae's question is:

There are currently four community organisations providing foster care programs, that is Marymead, Barnardos, Galilee and Open Family. Family Services Branch has contracts with these organisations for the provision of a defined number of foster care places.

In addition, the Family Services Branch foster care program provides approximately 40 places for children in need of care. This program is coordinated by Family Services Branch officers.

The Family Services Branch foster care program also provides three places for babies relinquished for adoption, and provides assessment of and a foster care allowance for placements for children in care with close relatives or family friends.

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