Financial assistance for caregivers

In 2019 Oranga Tamariki carried out a review of the financial assistance provided to caregivers.

The review considered the Foster Care Allowance (including the Higher Foster Care Allowance), Orphan’s Benefit, Unsupported Child’s Benefit and their associated payments.

We have proactively published:

  • the 1 May 2019 Cabinet paper and associated minute seeking agreement to undertake the ‘first principles’ review
  • the 11 December 2019 Cabinet paper and associated minute that sets out a proposed response to the review
  • the 16 June 2020 Cabinet paper and associate minute seeking agreement to enact a $25 increase to the base rates of the Orphan’s Benefit and Unsupported Child’s Benefit.
  • the 17 March 2021 Cabinet paper and associate minute that provides an update on the work programme to reform the system of financial assistance for caregivers and outlines progress made so far.

Initiatives for caregivers funded through the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund

Published: June 14, 2019 · Updated: May 5, 2021