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Wu Xiao-ping, chairwoman of TRCCA said due to the restrictions on professional qualifications and altered labor regulations, more than 90% of the childcare facilities are facing a serious shortage of caregiver manpower. The most worrying thing is when a child needs to be quarantined, the severe shortage of manpower and quarantine space will be a challenge to them.
The childcare facilities provide services such as daily life care, counseling, and after-school tutoring. The monthly cost for each child is between US$1,770 to US$2,200. However, the subsidy fee given by the local governments in 2019 is around US$700 per child on average. The childcare facilities have to bear the heavy pressure to deal with the urgent child care needs and at the same time raise funds for the operating expenses to provide children a quality service.
Wang Yu-Ling, member of Control Yuan said that many children can't find a childcare facility to settle down because some facilities don't have enough resources to run itself sustainably. For children to have a safe and secure environment, the government needs to invest more resources to take care of the children.
Legislator Wu Yu-Chin mentioned that many childcare facilities have shut down due to operational difficulties, especially the personnel costs increased after the revision of the Labor Standards Act. She also asked the Ministry of Health and Welfare to calculate the resettlement cost clearly and provide a reasonable subsidy, allowing the childcare facilities to operate sustainably instead of transferring the cost to the facilities.
Lin Zi-Rui, acting division director of the Social and Family Affairs Administration in Ministry of Health and Welfare, said that the government promises to establish a good communication channel through TRCCA. Lin believes that the goals of the government and the alliance are consistent which is to provide children in need a better environment for their development.
Over the past decade, out-of-home placements have remained steady at about 12 of every 10,000 children. About 65 percent of children in out-of-home placements are in residential care. Therefore, TRCCA looks forward to making better childcare facilities policies and environments to share the responsibility of caring children with the government.