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Foster parents receive 10 per cent increase in stipend

Tinee Furbert, the Minister of Social Development and Seniors (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Foster parents have been given additional financial support from the Government, the Ministry of Social Development and Seniors has announced.

Traditional and kinship foster parents received a 10 per cent increase in their monthly stipends on May 1, and they will receive another 10 per cent boost on May 1 next year.

Tinee Furbert, the Minister of Social Development and Seniors, said: “Bermuda has 57 children in foster care and the Department of Child and Family Services relies heavily on the openness and willingness of foster parents to provide care to children.”

Ms Furbert said the Ministry offers foster parents a monthly stipend for food and personal care items and a clothing allowance.

The child care, dental, medical and transportation needs of foster children are also assessed regularly on an individual basis and costs are covered as needed.

Ms Furbert added: “When a child enters a home as a foster child, they become intricately linked to their foster parents along with the extended family of the foster parents.

“To all those who have opened their hearts and homes, you are the unsung heroes in our community.

“We thank you for caring for Bermuda’s children as it truly does take a village to raise a child.”

Anyone who wants to learn more about foster parenting is urged to contact the Foster Care Coordinator, Selena Simons at 294-5871 or by e-mail at smsimons@gov.bm.

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Published July 13, 2021 at 7:51 am (Updated July 13, 2021 at 7:36 am)

Foster parents receive 10 per cent increase in stipend

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