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Rights to Financial Support

The law is clear that parents have a duty and obligation to financially support their children. 

If you are caring for someone else's child you are entitled to seek financial support for their care.  However the circumstances in which you have become the caregiver has a significant bearing on where and to whom you can turn for financial support.  

For most full-time grandparent and wh
ānaucaregivers we work with they have become caregivers because of a family breakdown and the parents are unable to care for them, or as the result of the death of the parents.

But this is not always the case. For some families, arrangements within the family have been made for economic or cultural reasons that the grandparents or someone else in the family will care for the children full-time.  If you are in this situation, the information in our guide on the Unsupported Child Benefit or the foster/wh
ānau caregiver CYF Board payments is unlikely to apply.  

You may be entitled to child support from the children's parents and/or eligible for Working for Families tax credits or some other form of income support.

Our support services are available to all full-time grandparent and wh
ānau caregivers irrespective of the reason the children have come into your care.  

Please read through our materials and the links to Handbooks and other websites and if you need further help please call us on 0800 GRANDS (0800 472637) or contact Work and Income office or the IRD for advice on your particular situation.

If you are a full-time grandparent/whānau caregiver and you do not receive the foster care allowance through Oranga Tamariki please see our section on other financial support.

To find out more about the foster care allowance and support available, please see Oranga Tamariki's website here.







About us 

Grandparents Raising GrandchildrenTM Trust NZ (GRG) is a registered Charitable Trust operating throughout New Zealand providing support services to grandparents who are raising their grandchildren on a full-time basis. Our vision is for a community where grandparents raising grandchildren are empowered to provide a safe, secure and nurturing home for their grandchildren.

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Te tautoko i nga tupuna, mokopuna me te whanau.
Te awhina ia ratou ki te whakatutuki i nga putanga
pai i roto i to raatau oranga.
Supporting grandparents, grandchildren and whanau
to achieve positive outcomes in their lives.  



Contact us

Member Support 
Outside Auckland Freephone
0800 472 637      

Auckland Landline or Mobile Phone Callers
(09) 418 3753 

National Support Office
9:00am - 2:00pm
09 418 3753

PO Box 34-892
Auckland 0746
New Zealand

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