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Page URL: https://practice.orangatamariki.govt.nz/previous-practice-centre/policy/caring-for-children-and-young-people/key-information/higher-foster-care-allowance/
Printed: 22/10/2019
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Higher foster care allowances

What's Important To Us

Sometimes children or young people living with a caregiver have special or additional needs and we need to recognise the additional costs associated with caring for them. It is important that we respond early to any requests for assistance, assess the circumstances and make an application for a higher foster care allowance when it is needed.

When a child or young person in the custody of the chief executive is placed with a caregiver, the caregiver receives a standard foster care allowance. For most children and young people this standard allowance meets the cost of their care related needs. Where a child or young person has additional or special needs higher foster care allowance can be used to recognise the extra cost associated with caring for them.

A higher foster care allowance can be provided to any approved caregiver with whom a child or young person in the custody of the chief executive is placed.

Before you place a child or young person who has additional care needs, talk to the social worker allocated to the proposed caregiver. The caregiver social worker will have a good assessment of the skills and ability of the caregiver to meet the needs of the child or young person. This is important because a poor fit between the child or young person and the caregiver may result in placement difficulties or even placement breakdown. The caregiver social worker will also be a key person to utilise in supporting the caregiver to meet the demands of the placement.