May 27, 2019
New service to help rangatahi out of care
Iwi, Māori non-government organisations are expected to play a leading role in a new Transition Support Service to support rangatahi leaving the state care system and moving to adulthood and independence.
This week’s Wellbeing Budget will include $153 million over four years for Oranga Tamariki to build the service.
Children’s Minister Tracey Martin says for too long the young people leaving the state’s care have been left to fend for themselves with little support.
Their transition to adulthood often comes early, abruptly, and with little in the way of a safety net.
There should be about 40 transition workers available to work with eligible young people leaving the care system from July1, and the workforce will grow to 175 over the next four years.
The package includes $25 million over four years to support arrangements for young people to continue to live with their caregiver beyond the age of 18, if they choose.
The service was originally proposed by the Modernising Child, Youth and Family Expert Panel in 2015.
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