CYF failing children – foster mother

Radio NZ News 10 June 2014
Child, Youth and Family’s (CYF) fostering system is failing the children it is meant to be protecting, a foster mother has told Nine to Noon.

Karen Scott said she and her husband took in a 5-year-old boy who had been removed from his father’s care, and told Nine to Noon why after two years she felt she had no choice but to ask CYF to take him back.

She and her husband have a blended family of 6 children.

After going through the required background checks and a three day training course, the family were finally asked to care for a 5-year-old boy – who Ms Scott has called James (not his real name).

James seemed to thrive in the family environment, and could be charming and affectionate, she said.

But Ms Scott said he also exhibited some worrying behaviours, such as cutting up his siblings toys, and hurting animals on the family’s lifestyle block.

Karen Scott said she tried many times to get counselling for James through Child, Youth and Family as she felt there were deep-seated issues that needed to be dealt with, but this never happened.

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