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Foster parents don't want abused kids

Cape Town Child Welfare says finding good foster parents for abused children remains a challenge.

Cape Town Child Welfare says finding good foster parents for abused children remains a challenge.

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town Child Welfare says finding good foster parents for children who have been abused or neglected remains a constant challenge.

The organisation says many people are reluctant to look after these children, because of the financial implications involved.

This year alone, more than 800 children have been placed in foster care.

Cape Town Child Welfare's Niresh Ramklaas said: "Because of the economy it's always difficult to take additional children into your home. The Foster Care Grant is not that big so in spite of the grant, we expect them to put a lot in, to make sure these children are fine."

However, Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz says his department wants more people to consider being foster parents.

"There's always a need for foster parents to come forward and to make themselves available to assist us, to just give secure care for children."