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Carers acknowledged on Children's Day

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/03/2017

The work of more than 3,600 foster carers who have opened their hearts and their homes to almost 4,500 children is being highlighted.

Minister for Children Anne Tolley says events are being held around New Zealand on Sunday to celebrate Children's Day, as Foster Care Awareness week gets under way.

It's the 17th annual Children's Day.

"This is all about spending time with our children, having fun, praising and encouraging them, and focusing on giving them the opportunity to thrive," she says.

As part of an overhaul the government has pledged to provide intensive targeted support for foster carers including some increased financial assistance and better access to support services.

"The new care and protection system will be completely child-centred. It also requires loving adults to provide the safe and stable homes that vulnerable children deserve, and I want to thank all of the caregivers for the difference they make in young people's lives," Ms Tolley says.

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