Caregivers have told us that people who look after children do it because they want to make a difference in a child’s life. To support this we provide financial help to meet the day-to-day expenses that looking after a child involves.
Oranga Tamariki has been carrying out a review of the financial assistance provided to caregivers.
What is the review about?
We wanted to take a thorough look at the financial assistance caregivers receive to make sure it meets the needs of children and their caregivers.
Changes to payments to caregivers have taken place over the years, but there has not been a fundamental review and adjustments have not always kept pace with societal changes.
The review considered the Foster Care Allowance (including the Higher Foster Care Allowance), Orphan’s Benefit, Unsupported Child’s Benefit and their associated payments. It considered the level and consistency of these payments and the appropriateness of the eligibility criteria.
Who have we consulted with?
We wanted to hear what caregivers had to say on issues that affect them and the children in their care, including the financial support they receive. We also wanted to hear from care experienced young people as well as Oranga Tamariki staff, NGOs and iwi/Māori and Pacific organisations.
We completed a series of consultation sessions with caregivers across the country throughout June and July. We also heard from many caregivers through our online questionnaire.
We also consulted with care experienced young people as well as Oranga Tamariki staff, NGOs and iwi/Māori and Pacific organisations.
What's happening now?
The government response to the review, informed by the views and experiences gathered through consultation, will be outlined in 2020.
We have proactively published the paper agreed to by the Cabinet Social Wellbeing Committee on 1 May 2019.