Plan to deal with foster care backlog
Johannesburg - A plan has been developed to deal with problems in the foster care backlog in Gauteng, health and social development MEC Ntombi Mekgwe said on Wednesday.
In a report tabled to the provincial legislature on Tuesday, Mekgwe indicated that the plan included the recruitment of retired social workers and the introduction of foster care to maximise support provided to vulnerable children.
"Provincial foster care teams were established to assist in the processing of foster care cases. An audit was also conducted to determine the capacity available to deal with foster care."
Mekgwe said 27 189 children in foster care were receiving social work services.
More than 3 000 children were placed in foster care between October and December last year, she said.
Mekgwe said 67 557 children benefited from more than a 1 000 early childhood development centres.
Severe malnutrition decreased from 3.3% to 2.5%, indicating more children were getting the nutrition they need, said Mekgwe.