New transitions service
Budget funding to support young people leaving care.
Financial support for new service
Budget 2019 contains $153.7 million over four years for Oranga Tamariki to establish a new service supporting young people to transition successfully from statutory care and youth justice to adulthood. The funding includes:
- 175 new specialist transition support staff by year four providing day-to-day support to individual young people as they transition out of care
- 60 supported accommodation places by year four for young people who need a stepping stone to make a successful transition to independent living
- $25 million over four years to support arrangements for young people to continue to live with their caregiver beyond the age of 18
- $9 million over four years to provide advice and assistance to individual young people transitioning from care to independence, up to the age of 25.
Minister for Children Tracey Martin made the pre-Budget announcement on Sunday, May 26.
Walking along side
Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children chief executive Gráinne Moss welcomed the announcement. “We want to ensure that every young person leaving care has someone who cares for them - someone who will walk alongside them through their first steps to adulthood,” she said.
Full details of Vote: Oranga Tamariki will be released on Thursday May 30.