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#Foster Care

# foster-care - Sunday 18 September, 2022

Opinion: 'Travelling to Limerick in search of college digs as a care-leaver felt so lonely'
# Foster Care
# Foster Care

Opinion: 'Travelling to Limerick in search of college digs as a care-leaver felt so lonely'

Sep 18th 2022, 7:45 AM 21,358 Views 19 Comments

Rory Brown grew up in care and says education changed his life. He’s asking the government not to forget children in care in Budget 23.

# foster-care - Saturday 6 August, 2022

Fostering allowance becoming insufficient amid cost-of-living crisis, say carers
# Foster Parents
# Foster Parents

Fostering allowance becoming insufficient amid cost-of-living crisis, say carers

Aug 6th 2022, 7:00 AM 19,643 Views 8 Comments

The allowance paid to foster parents has not increased since 2009.

# foster-care - Thursday 4 August, 2022

Child in foster care not visited by social workers for more than three years
# HIQA
# HIQA

Child in foster care not visited by social workers for more than three years

Aug 4th 2022, 4:17 PM 20,550 Views 6 Comments

Seven cases were escalated to managers during an inspection.

# foster-care - Wednesday 22 December, 2021

Fostering within the family needs support, resources - and regulation
# Next Of Kin
# Next Of Kin

Fostering within the family needs support, resources - and regulation

Dec 22nd 2021, 7:00 AM 8,706 Views 4 Comments

Absence of clear oversight and supports leave children and caring relatives in precarious position.

# foster-care - Saturday 24 April, 2021

'My foster father wiped down everything I touched': Call to tackle racism in social care
# History Repeating Itself
# History Repeating Itself

'My foster father wiped down everything I touched': Call to tackle racism in social care

Apr 24th 2021, 8:00 PM 52,795 Views 0 Comments

Ireland is repeating the mistakes of mother and baby homes, social workers have warned.

# foster-care - Sunday 31 January, 2021

Opinion: 'She knocked on the door and the nun said her son was gone' - the story of the forgotten foster children
# Children's Rights
# Children's Rights

Opinion: 'She knocked on the door and the nun said her son was gone' - the story of the forgotten foster children

Jan 31st 2021, 8:30 AM 28,840 Views 12 Comments

Jamie Canavan is researching the stories of children who were forced into ‘boarding out’, a term given to fostering in the early to mid last century.

# foster-care - Monday 18 January, 2021

Cases document foster children facing stress and isolation during Covid-19 restrictions
# Foster Care
# Foster Care

Cases document foster children facing stress and isolation during Covid-19 restrictions

Jan 18th 2021, 7:10 AM 12,672 Views 2 Comments

Social workers, parents, foster carers and children have experienced additional stress in the last six months.

# foster-care - Thursday 19 December, 2019

Tusla apologises to young woman for 'lack of support' after she was raped by her foster dad
# Apology
# Apology

Tusla apologises to young woman for 'lack of support' after she was raped by her foster dad

Dec 19th 2019, 12:06 AM 24,950 Views 19 Comments

He was convicted by a jury and sentenced to 12 years in prison last month.

Rape survivor on waiving her anonymity: ‘I just wanted to say - this is who he is and this is what he did’
# Foster Care
# Foster Care

Rape survivor on waiving her anonymity: ‘I just wanted to say - this is who he is and this is what he did’

Dec 19th 2019, 12:05 AM 84,059 Views 39 Comments

Ciara said she has received messages from other victims who are afraid to talk about their abuse.

# foster-care - Thursday 21 November, 2019

Ten-fold increase in a decade in number of children from State care reaching out for help
# Epic
# Epic

Ten-fold increase in a decade in number of children from State care reaching out for help

Nov 21st 2019, 6:00 AM 4,460 Views 3 Comments

Children as young as five years old required the support of advocates last year.

# foster-care - Wednesday 13 November, 2019

Man jailed for 12 years for raping his 16-year-old foster daughter
# Foster Care
# Foster Care

Man jailed for 12 years for raping his 16-year-old foster daughter

Nov 13th 2019, 2:19 PM 18,826 Views 0 Comments

The conviction followed a trial at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin last July.

# foster-care - Saturday 2 November, 2019

Chair of Tusla says 'journey of reform' lies ahead with further improvements needed 'on a daily basis'
# Tusla
# Tusla

Chair of Tusla says 'journey of reform' lies ahead with further improvements needed 'on a daily basis'

Nov 2nd 2019, 9:15 AM 15,252 Views 27 Comments

The former Labour Party leader was addressing foster carers at a conference this morning.

# foster-care - Thursday 31 October, 2019

Foster carers finally given insurance cover by the State following three-year long battle
# Exposed
# Exposed

Foster carers finally given insurance cover by the State following three-year long battle

Oct 31st 2019, 6:00 AM 10,237 Views 10 Comments

Some of the 4,500 foster carers in Ireland said the lack of cover had left them exposed

# foster-care - Thursday 3 October, 2019

Allocation of social workers to children in foster care 'chaotic', inspection finds

Allocation of social workers to children in foster care 'chaotic', inspection finds

Oct 3rd 2019, 12:54 PM 7,715 Views 5 Comments

At the time of the inspection, 22% of children did not have an allocated social worker.

# foster-care - Thursday 23 May, 2019

Taoiseach will act upon report which lists catalogue of failures into HSE and Tusla handling of foster home abuse case
# Systemic Failures
# Systemic Failures

Taoiseach will act upon report which lists catalogue of failures into HSE and Tusla handling of foster home abuse case

May 23rd 2019, 4:41 PM 5,970 Views 0 Comments

The children involved were left with a foster family for several years despite abuse claims.

# foster-care - Monday 8 April, 2019

Ombudsman criticises HSE and TUSLA over care for children with disabilities
# Ombudsman
# Ombudsman

Ombudsman criticises HSE and TUSLA over care for children with disabilities

Apr 8th 2019, 9:02 AM 9,045 Views 17 Comments

The collaboration between the HSE and Tusla is still of concern, the ombudsman said.

# foster-care - Tuesday 5 March, 2019

New website launched to help explain to children in care why Tusla is in their lives
# Changing Futures
# Changing Futures

New website launched to help explain to children in care why Tusla is in their lives

Mar 5th 2019, 12:39 PM 9,666 Views 20 Comments

The website has been designed by young people with lived experience of the care system.

# foster-care - Monday 21 January, 2019

Judge told child in rural Irish town may have been trafficked
# Children In Care
# Children In Care

Judge told child in rural Irish town may have been trafficked

Jan 21st 2019, 6:01 AM 31,477 Views 12 Comments

In another case the court heard a pre-school age child may have been sexually abused while in foster care.

# foster-care - Tuesday 25 September, 2018

Foster mother takes Tusla to High Court over refusal to consider her as adoptive parent for child
# Courts
# Courts

Foster mother takes Tusla to High Court over refusal to consider her as adoptive parent for child

Sep 25th 2018, 8:29 PM 21,377 Views 0 Comments

The woman had been caring for the boy from a few months after his birth until April of this year.

# foster-care - Monday 17 September, 2018

Nine-year-old boy in care moved five different times in 13 days
# Nowhere To Go
# Nowhere To Go

Nine-year-old boy in care moved five different times in 13 days

Sep 17th 2018, 12:15 AM 30,902 Views 0 Comments

“His experience in care is augmenting his experience of harm that brought him into care,” the judge said.

# foster-care - Wednesday 20 June, 2018

Foster mother gets backdated payment of €28,600 after Tusla cut her allowances
# Ombudsman
# Ombudsman

Foster mother gets backdated payment of €28,600 after Tusla cut her allowances

Jun 20th 2018, 10:58 AM 22,391 Views 4 Comments

The woman’s allowances were reduced significantly when her two children turned 18, despite them both having intellectual disabilities.

# foster-care - Saturday 14 April, 2018

Actor Barry Keoghan: '13 foster homes. If that's on paper you'd think "he's destined to mess up"'
# Late Late Show
# Late Late Show

Actor Barry Keoghan: '13 foster homes. If that's on paper you'd think "he's destined to mess up"'

Apr 14th 2018, 7:42 AM 116,971 Views 37 Comments

The actor’s stock is growing in Hollywood, and he told Tubridy last night how his experiences growing up shaped him.

# foster-care - Thursday 5 April, 2018

'Deeply concerning': Foster services criticised over lack of garda vetting and shortfall in carers
# HIQA
# HIQA

'Deeply concerning': Foster services criticised over lack of garda vetting and shortfall in carers

Apr 5th 2018, 1:55 PM 7,864 Views 5 Comments

The Health Information and Quality Authority released three inspection reports of foster care services in Ireland.

# foster-care - Monday 15 January, 2018

Child with Down Syndrome and severe autism who was abandoned at birth was 'not receiving sufficient HSE and Tusla support'
# Molly's Case
# Molly's Case

Child with Down Syndrome and severe autism who was abandoned at birth was 'not receiving sufficient HSE and Tusla support'

Jan 15th 2018, 6:01 AM 15,258 Views 16 Comments

Tusla has committed to undertaking a “systemic review” of supports.

# foster-care - Friday 22 December, 2017

'They've two Christmasses. One with us and another with their birth family'
# FOSTERING
# FOSTERING

'They've two Christmasses. One with us and another with their birth family'

Dec 22nd 2017, 10:00 PM 16,482 Views 15 Comments

Foster carers describe the extra lengths they go to make sure that Christmas is a good time for the children in their care.

# foster-care - Thursday 16 November, 2017

Michael Noonan’s handling of the ‘Grace' case will be examined next year
# Foster Care
# Foster Care

Michael Noonan’s handling of the ‘Grace' case will be examined next year

Nov 16th 2017, 8:37 AM 6,783 Views 25 Comments

‘Grace’ was left in an abusive foster home in the southeast of the country for 20 years.

# foster-care - Thursday 9 November, 2017

€19 million a year spent on private foster care because Tusla is overstretched
# Service Gap
# Service Gap

€19 million a year spent on private foster care because Tusla is overstretched

Nov 9th 2017, 6:01 AM 9,523 Views 1 Comment

Oireachtas Children’s Committee will today recommend resources be used to recruit more social workers for public service.

# foster-care - Tuesday 29 August, 2017

'Out of control' teen admitted to hospital as Tusla had nowhere else to place him
# Limerick
# Limerick

'Out of control' teen admitted to hospital as Tusla had nowhere else to place him

Aug 29th 2017, 4:26 PM 17,509 Views 0 Comments

The boy damaged his family home during a fight with his mother over unwashed clothing.

# foster-care - Tuesday 15 August, 2017

Report finds 30 foster carers in Mid-West not garda vetted
# Foster Care
# Foster Care

Report finds 30 foster carers in Mid-West not garda vetted

Aug 15th 2017, 2:34 PM 6,530 Views 10 Comments

The Hiqa report also found a delay in reporting allegations of abuse to the gardaí.

# foster-care - Tuesday 8 August, 2017

Report into death of teen finds impact of separating her from younger sibling was not understood
# State Care
# State Care

Report into death of teen finds impact of separating her from younger sibling was not understood

Aug 8th 2017, 10:23 PM 20,902 Views 27 Comments

‘Clare’ was in foster care when she took her own life.

Some foster carers in Kerry, Galway and Roscommon are not being vetted enough
# Checks
# Checks

Some foster carers in Kerry, Galway and Roscommon are not being vetted enough

Aug 8th 2017, 4:38 PM 7,420 Views 0 Comments

Two new Hiqa reports have identified a number of shortcomings.

# foster-care - Sunday 30 July, 2017

'When I stopped working, I said I was going to put everything into these kids'
# Grandparents
# Grandparents

'When I stopped working, I said I was going to put everything into these kids'

Jul 30th 2017, 12:05 AM 35,577 Views 27 Comments

A woman who cares for her two grandchildren tells us how she’s been thwarted at every turn to seek greater supports from the State.

# foster-care - Thursday 20 July, 2017

'No Garda vetting, inadequate investigations' - Tusla slammed over standard of Cork foster care services
# Inadequate
# Inadequate

'No Garda vetting, inadequate investigations' - Tusla slammed over standard of Cork foster care services

Jul 20th 2017, 2:00 PM 14,241 Views 20 Comments

An inspection by health authority Hiqa has found that the Cork area shows ‘major non-compliance’ with accepted standards of foster care.

# foster-care - Tuesday 18 July, 2017

'We need consistency': Long delays by Tusla in dealing with abuse allegations, report says
# Taking Stock
# Taking Stock

'We need consistency': Long delays by Tusla in dealing with abuse allegations, report says

Jul 18th 2017, 12:06 PM 7,296 Views 14 Comments

The Ombudsman was critical of Tusla’s procedures for dealing with abuse allegations.

# foster-care - Sunday 16 July, 2017

Foster carers 'felt disrespected' by social workers, report finds
# Vulnerable Children
# Vulnerable Children

Foster carers 'felt disrespected' by social workers, report finds

Jul 16th 2017, 7:30 AM 9,707 Views 7 Comments

In all, 300 social workers and foster carers responded to a joint consultation from Tusla and the Irish Foster Care Association.

# foster-care - Friday 14 July, 2017

Children can now be adopted by their foster carers after 18 months
# Adoption Bill
# Adoption Bill

Children can now be adopted by their foster carers after 18 months

Jul 14th 2017, 1:10 PM 31,909 Views 21 Comments

The Adoption (Amendment) Bill 2016 has passed its final stages in Dáil Éireann.

# foster-care - Wednesday 12 July, 2017

'This should be the bare minimum we expect': Fostering service to close down in wake of damning report
# HIQA
# HIQA

'This should be the bare minimum we expect': Fostering service to close down in wake of damning report

Jul 12th 2017, 5:38 PM 14,004 Views 2 Comments

Fresh Start Foster Care Service said it was ceasing operations due to “ongoing difficulties in relation to retention and recruitment of staff”.

# foster-care - Friday 7 July, 2017

Boy put back into residential care after 'loving' foster parents didn't get supports they begged for
# Foster Care
# Foster Care

Boy put back into residential care after 'loving' foster parents didn't get supports they begged for

Jul 7th 2017, 6:20 AM 22,284 Views 0 Comments

The child was doing well in school and had joined the local football club but needed extra psychological supports which the family did not receive.

# foster-care - Wednesday 21 June, 2017

'It's not always as straightforward': Tusla chief on removing children at high risk from State care
# Foster Care
# Foster Care

'It's not always as straightforward': Tusla chief on removing children at high risk from State care

Jun 21st 2017, 3:45 PM 8,131 Views 8 Comments

Tusla chief executive Fred McBride was speaking at the Joint Committee on Children and Youth Affairs this morning.

# foster-care - Saturday 10 June, 2017

'They're extremely loyal. Even though they've grown up with neglect they just want to go home'
# Children In Care
# Children In Care

'They're extremely loyal. Even though they've grown up with neglect they just want to go home'

Jun 10th 2017, 6:30 AM 14,846 Views 5 Comments

Guardians ad litem are appointed by the courts to give children a voice, but that task is by no means an easy one.

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