N.S. in­creases foster par­ent sup­port rates to deal with higher costs

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

HAL­I­FAX - Nova Sco­tia foster par­ents are get­ting an ad­di­tional $1.6 mil­lion to help with the costs of look­ing af­ter the chil­dren in their care. Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Min­is­ter Kelly Re­gan says the money will be used to in­crease babysit­ting rates and per diems paid to fam­i­lies.

As of Aug. 1 the per diem rate for chil­dren up to nine years of age will in­crease $1.50 from $17.50 to $19, while the per diem for chil­dren 10 years of age and older will go up $2.07 from $25.43 to $27.50. The babysit­ting rate for chil­dren up to 12 years of age will go from $4 per hour to $10.60 per hour for the first child while the rate for each ad­di­tional child will re­main at $4 an hour for up to four chil­dren per house­hold.

As part of the changes, re­im­burse­ment for travel ex­penses will move to a monthly au­to­matic pay­ment of $50 per child.

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