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Reid to seek more funding for wards of the State

Published:Sunday | December 24, 2017 | 12:26 PM
A ward of St Mary's Children's Home gets a make-over as part of a treat for Christmas.

The education minister says he will be lobbying for additional funding in 2018 to boost support for wards of the state.

Senator Ruel Reid says the education ministry will be increasing its contribution to next year’s budget for children's homes. He says it is important that support is strengthened to ensure children are well taken care of.

The ministry says it has disbursed approximately $18 million to Government-run children’s homes for Christmas.

Reid says this was done to ensure that youth in State care are afforded the opportunity to share in the joy and happiness of the Yuletide season.

A total of $1 million was presented to each of the five institutions represented at the function by wards and their caregivers.

These were Maxfield Park Children’s Home; Sunbeam Home for Boys; Mona Rehabilitation Centre; St Anthony’s Children’s Home; and St Mary’s Girls’ Home.

Reid assured that funds “will reach the accounts of the other children’s homes before Christmas”.