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# Foster Care

Last year
2022
Voices
Opinion: 'Travelling to Limerick in search of college digs as a care-leaver felt so lonely'
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 parents
Fostering allowance becoming insufficient amid cost-of-living crisis, say carers
The allowance paid to foster parents has not increased since 2009.
# HIQA
Child in foster care not visited by social workers for more than three years
Seven cases were escalated to managers during an inspection.
All time
Voices
Fostering within the family needs support, resources - and regulation
Absence of clear oversight and supports leave children and caring relatives in precarious position.
# history repeating itself
'My foster father wiped down everything I touched': Call to tackle racism in social care
Ireland is repeating the mistakes of mother and baby homes, social workers have warned.
Voices
Opinion: 'She knocked on the door and the nun said her son was gone' - the story of the forgotten foster children
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
Cases document foster children facing stress and isolation during Covid-19 restrictions
Social workers, parents, foster carers and children have experienced additional stress in the last six months.
# Apology
Tusla apologises to young woman for 'lack of support' after she was raped by her foster dad
He was convicted by a jury and sentenced to 12 years in prison last month.
# Foster Care
Rape survivor on waiving her anonymity: ‘I just wanted to say - this is who he is and this is what he did’
Ciara said she has received messages from other victims who are afraid to talk about their abuse.
# Epic
Ten-fold increase in a decade in number of children from State care reaching out for help
Children as young as five years old required the support of advocates last year.
# Foster Care
Man jailed for 12 years for raping his 16-year-old foster daughter
The conviction followed a trial at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin last July.
# tusla
Chair of Tusla says 'journey of reform' lies ahead with further improvements needed 'on a daily basis'
The former Labour Party leader was addressing foster carers at a conference this morning.
# Exposed
Foster carers finally given insurance cover by the State following three-year long battle
Some of the 4,500 foster carers in Ireland said the lack of cover had left them exposed
Allocation of social workers to children in foster care 'chaotic', inspection finds
At the time of the inspection, 22% of children did not have an allocated social worker.
# systemic failures
Taoiseach will act upon report which lists catalogue of failures into HSE and Tusla handling of foster home abuse case
The children involved were left with a foster family for several years despite abuse claims.
# Ombudsman
Ombudsman criticises HSE and TUSLA over care for children with disabilities
The collaboration between the HSE and Tusla is still of concern, the ombudsman said.
# changing futures
New website launched to help explain to children in care why Tusla is in their lives
The website has been designed by young people with lived experience of the care system.
# Children in Care
Judge told child in rural Irish town may have been trafficked
In another case the court heard a pre-school age child may have been sexually abused while in foster care.
# Courts
Foster mother takes Tusla to High Court over refusal to consider her as adoptive parent for child
The woman had been caring for the boy from a few months after his birth until April of this year.
# nowhere to go
Nine-year-old boy in care moved five different times in 13 days
“His experience in care is augmenting his experience of harm that brought him into care,” the judge said.
# Ombudsman
Foster mother gets backdated payment of €28,600 after Tusla cut her allowances
The woman’s allowances were reduced significantly when her two children turned 18, despite them both having intellectual disabilities.
# Late Late Show
Actor Barry Keoghan: '13 foster homes. If that's on paper you'd think "he's destined to mess up"'
The actor’s stock is growing in Hollywood, and he told Tubridy last night how his experiences growing up shaped him.
# HIQA
'Deeply concerning': Foster services criticised over lack of garda vetting and shortfall in carers
The Health Information and Quality Authority released three inspection reports of foster care services in Ireland.
# Molly's Case
Child with Down Syndrome and severe autism who was abandoned at birth was 'not receiving sufficient HSE and Tusla support'
Tusla has committed to undertaking a “systemic review” of supports.
# FOSTERING
'They've two Christmasses. One with us and another with their birth family'
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
Michael Noonan’s handling of the ‘Grace' case will be examined next year
‘Grace’ was left in an abusive foster home in the southeast of the country for 20 years.
# service gap
€19 million a year spent on private foster care because Tusla is overstretched
Oireachtas Children’s Committee will today recommend resources be used to recruit more social workers for public service.
# Limerick
'Out of control' teen admitted to hospital as Tusla had nowhere else to place him
The boy damaged his family home during a fight with his mother over unwashed clothing.
# Foster Care
Report finds 30 foster carers in Mid-West not garda vetted
The Hiqa report also found a delay in reporting allegations of abuse to the gardaí.
# State Care
Report into death of teen finds impact of separating her from younger sibling was not understood
‘Clare’ was in foster care when she took her own life.
# checks
Some foster carers in Kerry, Galway and Roscommon are not being vetted enough
Two new Hiqa reports have identified a number of shortcomings.
# grandparents
'When I stopped working, I said I was going to put everything into these kids'
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.
# inadequate
'No Garda vetting, inadequate investigations' - Tusla slammed over standard of Cork foster care services
An inspection by health authority Hiqa has found that the Cork area shows ‘major non-compliance’ with accepted standards of foster care.
# Taking Stock
'We need consistency': Long delays by Tusla in dealing with abuse allegations, report says
The Ombudsman was critical of Tusla’s procedures for dealing with abuse allegations.
# vulnerable children
Foster carers 'felt disrespected' by social workers, report finds
In all, 300 social workers and foster carers responded to a joint consultation from Tusla and the Irish Foster Care Association.
# adoption bill
Children can now be adopted by their foster carers after 18 months
The Adoption (Amendment) Bill 2016 has passed its final stages in Dáil Éireann.
# HIQA
'This should be the bare minimum we expect': Fostering service to close down in wake of damning report
Fresh Start Foster Care Service said it was ceasing operations due to “ongoing difficulties in relation to retention and recruitment of staff”.
# Foster Care
Boy put back into residential care after 'loving' foster parents didn't get supports they begged for
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
'It's not always as straightforward': Tusla chief on removing children at high risk from State care
Tusla chief executive Fred McBride was speaking at the Joint Committee on Children and Youth Affairs this morning.
# Children in Care
'They're extremely loyal. Even though they've grown up with neglect they just want to go home'
Guardians ad litem are appointed by the courts to give children a voice, but that task is by no means an easy one.