The Hon Simone McGurk recently announced COVID-19 carer support payments.

COVID-19 has created financial pressure for many foster and family carers, special guardian carers and grandcarers. The carer payment allocated in the WA Recovery Plan, will provide over $3.6 million directly to carer households to assist in buying essential items and to help cover other expenses aimed at ensuring children remain safe, healthy and connected to school at this uncertain time.

The government is committed to supporting those who play a crucial role in protecting and nurturing the children they care for.

$500 will be received for the first child in care, and $250 for each additional child in care. The payments are estimated to benefit over seven thousand children living in carer households.

The financial boost for carers is part of the McGowan Government's $2.3 billion COVID-19 stimulus and relief package for households and businesses.

As part of the WA Recovery Plan, the State Government will also provide more than $300,000 to the Australian Childhood Foundation for additional therapeutic and consultation support for foster and family carers.

The service will provide up to eight consultation and support sessions for carers, to assist with out-of-home care support and provide strategies to aid stabilisation for children and families once a placement commences.

The Department of Communities (Communities) is also in the process of finalising a report on its Foster Care Refresh project, which has involved consultations across Western Australia to ensure Communities and foster carers are working together to deliver the best possible outcomes for children in care.

The report contains recommendations aimed at addressing gaps in the system and improving outcomes for foster families and children in care.

Communities is responsible for leading the State’s social recovery from COVID-19. If you have any queries please contact Communities at WARP@communities.wa.gov.au.

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