Kinship Care in NSW
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A change to Family and Community Services policy took effect on 1 December 2016 which changed the way children / young people entered supported out of home care (Kinship care). There is no longer any entry into supported OOHC by children / young people (or supported care payment) where the matter has not gone through the Childrens court.
To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the
Legislative Assembly of New South Wales.
The Petition of Kinship Carers in New South Wales
Brings to the attention of the House; The Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) has changed policy from 1 December 2016 whereby FACS will not provide “supported Out of Home Care Allowance” (OOHC) to children/young people with;
No Court Order, or
A Court Order where FACS has not intervened as a party to the proceedings”.
We, the Kinship carers of NSW, believe and understand that a Court does not make residency orders in favour of Grandparents or other Kinship carers lightly. Likewise, a grandparent or other Kinship carer does not move to take expensive Court action without the subject child/young person being at risk. This policy drastically affects those most vulnerable in the community, traumatised children and young people at risk and their kinship carers.
The undersigned petitioners therefore ask the Legislative Assembly to
1.Reinstate the supported Out of Home Care Allowance to all kinship families equally, whether they have obtained orders from the Family Court, Federal Circuit Court or NSW Children’s Court, either before December 2016 or after that date. ........................................................................................
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