Carers to go it alone

KINSHIP carers on the Coffs Coast will be forced to navigate bureaucratic minefields alone, after funding has dried up for a successful Coffs Harbour-based support service.

Grandparents and Kinship Carers Support Service co-ordinator, Sue Butler, said despite the service finding itself a tough fit with government-funding structures, the irony is that kinship carers actually save the government money.

“By taking on children, kinship carers save millions of dollars that would be used up by DoCS and other care programs to look after these children,” Ms Butler said.

“Our service makes a major difference in people's lives - we give them information so they can make informed decisions about their's and their children's futures.”

The service can be contacted on 6658 4655 or by dropping into the Neighbourhood House at Boambee East Community Centre on Bruce King Drive.



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