Nova Scotia increases funding for foster parents

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The provincial government is boosting funding for foster parents, it announced June 2.

Nova Scotia will provide  $300,000 in additional funding to help foster parents arrange for respite care to help them focus on personal, medical or family priorities, as needed. The holiday allowance will also increase by $63,000: a $50 allowance per child will be provided in December.

According to a media release, the number of foster parents in the province is declining while the need for homes for children in care remains steady. Since 2008, foster families have declined by 22 per cent, a trend that is a concern throughout North America. Approximately 650 families provide homes for around 950 children in Nova Scotia.

"Any responsible adult who is interested in becoming a foster parent is encouraged to attend an information session," Minister of Community Services Joanne Bernard said in the release. "There is always a need for more foster parents from all cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds."

Foster parents can be married or common law, in a same-sex partnership or single. They may work full-time or part-time outside or in the home.

For information on becoming a foster parent, call 1-800-565-1884 or visit the website

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, North America

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