MacKillop welcomes additional funding for early intervention

Posted on 5 May 2015

MacKillop Family Services welcomes the additional investment in Victoria’s families, following today’s budget announcement.

The $48.1 million directed toward Child FIRST and Family Services is a significant recognition of the importance of early intervention to support vulnerable children, young people and their families.

The added funding to assist Aboriginal children and families and to further the work of Taskforce 1000 is also a critical step toward addressing the overrepresentation of Aboriginal children and young people in out-of-home care.

“The additional investment in early intervention services is a welcome acknowledgement of the need to support children and young people who are at risk,” said Micaela Cronin, CEO of MacKillop Family Services.

“There is a strong focus in the budget on getting vulnerable children what they need to have a good start in life. The Andrews Government has ensured that crucial funding is in place, whether it is to ensure children have daily necessities such as the right school uniform or to ensure that foster carers receive appropriate reimbursement for basic expenses.

“We welcome the commitment to work with foster carers, community service providers and peak bodies to review existing carer allowances and client expenses, so that we can simplify the system and ensure that it is child-centred,” said Ms Cronin.

This investment will ensure more vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorian families receive comprehensive support and assistance when and where it can have the greatest impact.

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