Support for young people in care
Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says she fully supports the Government's move to continue using nearly $2 million to support 1725 children and young people in care.
Called the Extraordinary Care Fund, part of the Children’s Action Plan, the funds will be used to provide financial assistance for children and young people in care experience difficulties impacting on their development or alternatively, when they are show promise in a chosen field.
Mrs Dean, a strong advocate for all children in need, said examples the grants could be used for included covering additional tutoring, courses to improve learning ability, as well as orthodontic work or counselling not covered by other agencies.
Youngsters showing promise can be funded to attend national and regional sports tournaments or receive grants for private music or dance lessons where they are assessed as progressing above their peers.
"These young people do not need to miss out on pursuing their goals at all. They deserve the same opportunities as their peers to grow and succeed and this is one way we can all support them and their caregivers to do that," Mrs Dean said.
Applications for the next funding round are open until 24 June 2016. More information can be found at http://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/extraordinary-care-fund.html