The Consell will grant aid for fostering regardless of the tax debts of families
The Department of Equality and Inclusive Policies will not take into account the tax debts that may have the foster families of minors in a situation of helplessness when granting or denying these grants because they consider that “it would imply opposing the benefit of the minor, who is the beneficiary last of these economic benefits “.
This is what the department directs Mònica Oltra in response to a complaint from the Sindicatura de Greuges in terms of economic benefits for foster care, and in which the commitment of the department led by Monica Oltra, with the formula of foster care is also transferred. family “as the main resource in the protection of minors in distress” and “coincidences in the approaches” are celebrated.
On this issue, sources of the Ministry explained to Europa Press that “the numerous meetings that since the Vice Presidency and Department of Equality have been in these months with the platforms and associations that perform their work in the field of foster care, have served to ratify the purpose of foster care becoming the main resource in the protection of minors in distress “.
In this sense, a battery of measures has been adopted aimed at giving “a new impetus to this resource that was a pioneer and benchmark of intervention policies with minors throughout the Spanish State and has suffered serious cuts, especially in recent years” , explain in their response from the Ministry, which also point out that they have found “many obstacles” that have hindered the operation of this program.
The elimination of the tax debt as an obstacle to access this aid is one of the battery of measures that have been put in place in these months to “place the resource in the plane of importance that corresponds”, and among those that there have also been “very important legislative amendments”, through the Law of Accompaniment and the Budget Law, and that will allow to eliminate administrative formalities to be formalized by the welcoming, they underline.
Legal protection of the minor
In addition, they emphasize that the Ministry is also working on the new wording of the Regulation on the Legal Protection of Children and has regulated by regional regulations the obligation of the public administration to contribute to the expenses incurred in fostering minors, both in extended families and in foreign family.
In addition, the amounts assigned to extended families and others have been increased, equaling them, so that from 4.5 euros a day that extended families were received, and 9 euros a day that were given to educators, it is passed to 12 euros per day for both types of family.
This, explained in the letter to the Receivership, is “an important measure to recognize the collaboration and to adjust the amount more realistically to the costs incurred”, and add that the amounts for children fostered in educating families have also been increased with degree of disability equal to or greater than 33 percent and specialized care, as well as the annual amounts for the modification of fostering in an emergency-diagnosis educating family.
Another of the main lines of action in the coming years will be the strengthening of the primary care level of the Valencian Social Services System, thanks to the collaboration with local entities, since “without a strong primary care level, it will not be possible to develop key actions in the care of minors at risk “.
The local administration, as “the closest and most knowledgeable of the situations and also of the possibilities of solution,” must establish “an inter-institutional collaboration” with the Ministry, “which will have to be constituted and strengthened throughout the following budgetary exercises “.
In its response letter to the Catalan Ombudsman, the Ministry also informs you that it is going to convene a work medal on foster care, which will give input to the technicians and representatives of the collaborating entities to “develop a joint process of analysis and improvement proposals to introduce in this resource “
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