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800 kids placed in foster care

MEC Albert Fritz says he is concerned by the growing number of children who need to be placed in foster care.

Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz. Picture: EWN
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CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz on Monday said he was concerned by the growing number of children who need to be placed in foster care.

Between January and May more than 800 children were removed from the care of their parents.

Fritz said he was alarmed by these findings.

“There is something very wrong with the way we are dealing with family, domestic violence and sexual violence in communities.”

Meanwhile, Cape Town Child Welfare's Niresh Ramklaas said many children are placed in foster care on a temporary basis until the situation improves at home.

“The level of abandonment, abuse and neglect increases. In terms of the Children’s Act, we have to act to protect children. The Children’s Court has to decide what is in the best interest of the children.”

Meanwhile, the province has high levels of child dumping.

Recently, a newborn baby was dumped in a pit toilet in George.

Police are still searching for the baby’s parents.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)

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