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More foster children

Shayal Devi
Thursday, August 28, 2014

STATISTICS from the Ministry of Women, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation show the number of foster children entering residential homes is increasing.

About 137 children were placed in 11 residential homes around the country. Last month, the figure recorded was 168.

Minister Dr Jiko Luveni said these children were taken into State care and put into residential homes because some of them were victims of abuse.

"This includes physical, sexual abuse and neglect," she said.

Other reasons include abandonment, offenders and cases of children whose parents face financial difficulties.

"So the ministry had to take care of the children until their family's economic conditions improved.

"These children are mostly the ones who come from broken families."

She said the children's age ranged from month-old babies abandoned at hospitals to 18-year-olds.

To cater for their welfare in the homes, government has increased the allowances for each child from $60 to $100.


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