NS foster rate boost

The McNeil Government is increasing the money it pays to foster families.

They will get an additional $1.6 million to help pay the costs of looking after the children in their care.  The daily rate for children up to 9 years old will rise to $19 while the per diem for children 10 and over will go to a little over $27.

Community Services Minister Kelly Regan says the money will be used to increase babysitting rates and per diems paid to families.