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May 16, 2008
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Foster Care Rates to Increase in Prince Edward Island

Social Services and Seniors

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Social Services and Seniors Minister Doug Currie today announced increases in rates and allowances paid to individuals and families taking care of foster children.

“In Prince Edward Island, we are fortunate to have experienced and skilled foster families who are there for our children and youth when their families can’t be,” said Minister Currie. “Today, I am pleased to announce a budget increase of $152,000 for our foster care program.”

The 2008/09 budget will provide $90,000 for a $100 increase in monthly fees for all levels of foster care as well as $62,000 for room and board rate increases.

Foster care providers are provided with a monthly payment from the Department of Social Services and Seniors for the care needs of a child in accordance with provincial program standards. The kind and level of care provided by foster parents ranges from reasonably straightforward to very complex depending on a child’s needs.

The Department of Social Services and Seniors also provides an annual grant of $48,200 to the PEI Federation of Foster Families. This community organization is made up of volunteers and foster parents who provide support to foster families and assist provincial child protection staff with recruitment, training and education of foster parents.

“Foster parenting requires love, patience, strong parenting skills and a caring family willing to open their homes and their hearts to a child,” said Minister Currie.

“I encourage anyone interested in becoming a foster parent to contact Child and Family Services in their region.”

Foster Care PEI Facts:

• As of March 31, 2007, there were 87 foster families in PEI.

• As of March 31, 2007, there were approximately 280 children in the care of the Director of Child Welfare, Department of Social Services and Seniors.

Media Contact: Verna Lynne Weeks
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