Carers in shock over funding
LIKE several Rockhampton foster carers, Kym Henry is worried about her future.
The foster mother of four has been a carer with the Central Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Child Care Association for the past six years and was shocked after hearing the recent news about funding cuts.
“We don’t know where we’re going,” Kym said.
“We were so happy with CQAICCA and there are a lot of foster carers out there who don’t know where we’re going.”
A Department of Communities spokeswoman yesterday said that while CQAICCA would not receive further funding for recognised entity services, it would continue to receive funding for alternative care services.
“The department intends to maintain funding for CQAICCA to provide support to children in care and foster carers, so long as CQAICCA are able to meet its obligations under the service contract.”
Association manager Donna Kawane said the funding cuts meant they no longer had an office to work out of and they had to let 15 staff go, leaving only two staff members with their jobs.
Ms Kawane said the association was relying on another organisation for office space and only had a guarantee of funding until September 30.
“We have no commitment from the Department of Communities to continue further funding. There is no guarantee,” Ms Kawane said.
Kym said everyone associated with the centre was concerned about the future.
“It’s breaking our hearts. Even the workers don’t know what they’re doing.”