(1) The Secretary may, in respect of any child or young person in out-of-home care, grant financial assistance to any person having the care of the child or young person for any period during which the child or young person is in that person's care.
(1A) Without limiting subsection (1), financial assistance may take the form of a grant, an allowance or a refund of expenditure, or any other form of financial assistance that the Secretary may approve generally, or in a particular case or class of cases.
(3) If financial assistance under this section was being provided in respect of a person immediately before the person attained the age of 18 years, the Secretary may--(a) for the purpose of securing education or vocational training on a full-time basis for the person, and(b) subject to such conditions as may be prescribed by the regulations and to such additional conditions as the Secretary may determine,from time to time, and until the person reaches the age of 25 years, continue to provide financial assistance in respect of the person for any period during which the person is residing in the home of the person to whom the financial assistance is provided.
(4) For the purposes of this section,
"out-of-home care" is taken to include residential care and control of a child or young person that is provided--(a) by a relative or kin of the child or young person who has, pursuant to an order of the Children's Court, parental responsibility for the child or young person at a place other than the usual home of the child or young person, or(b) by a person in accordance with an emergency care and protection order made under section 46, or(c) in other circumstances prescribed by the regulations.