Thousands of children in Gauteng province are still awaiting foster care placement, with the department of social development’s 2019/20 first quarter performance report showing only 702 were placed on the waiting list for care against a target of 1,338, the Democratic Alliance said on Wednesday

The department’s third quarter report for the 2018/19 financial year showed about 727 children were placed on the waiting list for foster care far below a target of 3,452, DA shadow Member of the Executive Council for Social Development Refiloe Nt’sekhe said.

“The number of children who are on the waiting list and those that are queuing to be placed on the waiting list keeps increasing every quarter,” she said.

“The fact that the department set a high target for children to be placed on the foster care waiting list indicates that Gauteng has many children in dire need of foster care placement.”

Some children had been on the waiting list for almost three years, Nt’sekhe said.

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“The department blames the Department of Justice for its slow progress in processing the legal documents for foster care yet they consistently fail to engage with their counterpart so as to expedite the placements,” she said.

“It is high time that the Gauteng Department of Social Development takes responsibility for the foster care backlog as it is part of the department’s core mandate.”

Author: ANA Newswire