Health and Community Services
Investing in Children, Youth and Families –
The Williams Government is creating a new department responsible for child, youth and family services in Newfoundland and Labrador. Budget 2009 includes an investment of $8.5 million for increased support and resources to the child, youth and family services system in Newfoundland and Labrador.
"Our government continues to ensure children, youth and families are supported and have access to programs and services that will help them thrive and prosper," said the Honourable Ross Wiseman, Minister of Health and Community Services. "This year, we are strengthening that focus with the creation of a new department. We will also further invest in human resources to enhance the provision of supports and services throughout the province."
As the Provincial Government initiates the process of creating a new government department, the provision of services and programs to children, youth and their families will proceed uninterrupted. Those requiring access to services and supports will continue to contact staff of Child, Youth and Family Services (CYFS) in the regional health authorities and visit the same community offices.
As part of the $8.5 million investment for CYFS in Budget 2009, measures include:
An additional investment of $275,200 will provide for two new lawyer positions for Child, Youth and Family Services.
"The Provincial Government will ensure that the new structure and continued investments will further support programs and services to benefit the children, youth and their families," said Minister Wiseman. "This announcement will enable continued growth and stability and result in a positive impact on those who avail of our services everyday."
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