Minister for Human Services
Foster Care Agency Welcomed to Tasmania
18 March 2016
The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to rebuilding our broken child protection system to improve the lives of vulnerable Tasmanian children, young people and their families.
Today, I was pleased to formally welcome the foster care agency Key Assets to Tasmania.
With over 20 years experience, Key Assets has established a strong record interstate for the delivery of out of home care for children and young people in need, particularly for those with complex needs.
Earlier this week, I launched the Child Protection Redesign Final Report and detailed the Liberal Government’s response, including an additional investment of $20 million.
This provides an umbrella for other important reforms, including our changes to Out of Home Care (OOHC).
The contribution that foster carers make to our society is invaluable and the Government recognises that we need to support carers to be able to undertake their important role effectively.
This is why Statewide reform of OOHC is well underway, and includes an examination of Family Based Care options with a focus on foster care, including the recruitment, support, training, approval, registration and deregistration of carers.
Key Assets has worked very hard with Children and Youth Service to build a positive and open relationship through the OOHC Reform process.
This has allowed a strong partnership to develop; a partnership that is providing positive benefits to children, young people and their foster carers.
Key Assets’ staff and foster carers will be a vital component in the success of the redesign of both OOHC and Child Protection.