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#Foster Care

# foster-care - Thursday 15 December, 2016

Children in care: 'How many Government ministers would throw their children out at 18?'

Enforced independence at 18 can be premature and disastrous for vulnerable young people in care, writes Robbie Gilligan.

# foster-care - Saturday 19 November, 2016

'They drive you nuts and make you laugh' - Irish foster carers share their stories

The child and family agency is currently running a campaign looking for a home for one particular child.

# foster-care - Wednesday 2 November, 2016

HSE didn't publish reports into foster care abuse claims under garda advice

A report published yesterday identified failings in investigation on the behalf of the HSE.

# foster-care - Thursday 20 October, 2016

Nine months after probe promised into alleged foster care abuse - still no inquiry

The scandal resulted in the HSE Director General Tony O’Brien apologising to the 47 families who were in the care of the home.

# foster-care - Saturday 27 August, 2016

A day in the Family Court: Child not told when father might visit to 'avoid disappointment'

The Child and Family Agency told the court the father was making good steps towards recovery.

# foster-care - Tuesday 23 August, 2016

More than 150 court summonses sent to parents about poor school attendance

Tusla’s annual report shows there were over 6,300 children in care in Ireland in 2015.

# foster-care - Tuesday 31 May, 2016

'They are not alone': Grandparents fighting for custody of their grandchildren not unique

Last week, reported about the removal of a child from the care of the grandparents due to their age.

# foster-care - Tuesday 24 May, 2016

Heartbroken grandparents say Tusla custody battle is 'killing' them Exclusive

Following yesterday’s exclusive report by, Tusla has commented further on the situation.

# foster-care - Monday 23 May, 2016

Grandparents and foster care - how the system works

In the wake of a nine-year-old boy being removed from his grandparents’ care on age grounds, we looks at how foster care works.

Young child taken from grandparents and put into foster care because of their age Exclusive

“He is our pride and joy” – couple in their 60s devastated by Tusla decision.

# foster-care - Monday 9 May, 2016

Child agency admits it's "aware" of case of alleged sexual abuse at foster home in southwest

A 19-year-old with intellectual disabilities was left behind after other children were removed from the home following the allegation.

# foster-care - Sunday 8 May, 2016

Teenager with intellectual disabilities left in foster home despite allegations of sexual abuse

The young person had been living in the home in the Cork/Kerry area since 2003.

# foster-care - Friday 29 April, 2016

Children's Referendum opponents say their "worst fears" have been realised

First Families First, which opposed the Children’s Referendum and the Marriage Referendum, want another referendum.

# foster-care - Wednesday 24 February, 2016

Department of Health says Michael Noonan never sought to influence Grace decision asked other former health ministers when they were made aware of the case.

# foster-care - Tuesday 2 February, 2016

Foster care case: 'These are allegations of rape using implements and horrific sexual abuse'

Tony O’Brien is in front of the Public Accounts Committee today to answer questions about abuse in a foster home in Waterford.

# foster-care - Sunday 31 January, 2016

HSE confirm that people were left in a foster home after allegations of sexual abuse

More than 40 people passed through the foster home between from the early 1980s up to 2009.

# foster-care - Friday 29 January, 2016

'They were tortured and degraded in unspeakable ways'

Social Care Minister Kathleen Lynch issued a statement today addressing allegations of physical and sexual abuse at a state-backed foster home.

# foster-care - Wednesday 27 January, 2016

HSE says sorry to victim of 'savage abuse', after apology "misunderstanding"

The woman was allegedly subjected to sexual and physical abuse for 20 years.

# foster-care - Thursday 1 October, 2015

Teenage mother allowed to leave foster care with her baby

“She has worked hard at organising her life, towards the goal of independence.”

# foster-care - Tuesday 16 June, 2015

Baby Maria, childcare, and why all we want the 'storybook child'

There are currently over 6,000 children in the Irish care system but in childhood, as in life, the implication is that younger is better.

# foster-care - Tuesday 25 November, 2014

How some teenagers are forced from foster care into direct provision once they turn 18

The ESRI has published a report into the care given to unaccompanied minors.

# foster-care - Friday 21 November, 2014

More than 100 children in foster care have no social worker

One child had not been visited by a social worker in more than four years.

# foster-care - Tuesday 11 November, 2014

Opinion: 'I used to think foster parents were very special people. I now know they are very ordinary people.'

As a family and as individuals, we have benefited every bit as much as the children we have and continue to care for – life has been enriched.

# foster-care - Tuesday 25 February, 2014

Legislation published to place 'duty' on Child and Family Agency to provide aftercare

It follows a HSE report late last year that highlighted a number of incidents where young adults died after leaving statutory care.

# foster-care - Friday 29 November, 2013

Five foster families are caring for children despite having their application rejected

The report added that standards of aftercare was also poor in some cases and that the uptake of training was poor.

# foster-care - Friday 26 July, 2013

Food, restraint and family: Reports give insight into foster care

In some centres, children and young people engaged in risk-taking behaviour, inspection reports from HIQA found.

# foster-care - Thursday 25 July, 2013

Reports: Good quality foster care, but some unapproved carers

HIQA said it was concerned about the lack of urgency given to some investigations by the HSE of allegations made against foster carers.

# foster-care - Wednesday 3 April, 2013

Moving teens to Direct Provision causes “uncertainty and fear”

The report from UCD, which was commissioned by the HSE and Barnardos shows that there is a big need to recruit foster carers, especially in Dublin.

# foster-care - Thursday 21 February, 2013

'Worrying' HIQA report raises questions about safety of foster children in Dublin North West

The report found some children had remained in placements despite allegations being made about foster carers.

# foster-care - Saturday 16 February, 2013

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Good morning. Here are nine things to know before you start your day.

# foster-care - Tuesday 23 October, 2012

Column: For foster children like me, the Children’s Referendum is a new chance

The change won’t make any difference to most people, writes Wayne Dignam. But for a few, it could mean everything.

# foster-care - Wednesday 19 September, 2012

Opposition parties likely to support Children's Rights referendum

Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin welcome the wording, but SF says it wants to consult legal advisors before giving the referendum full approval.

Children's referendum 'not a charter for breaking up families' - Fitzgerald

Frances Fitzgerald says there is “no evidence” that Irish courts would seek to take children from parents if the referendum is approved.

# foster-care - Friday 24 February, 2012

From The42 Daly looks to young faces for Galway trip Capital Gains

Daly looks to young faces for Galway trip

Shane Stapleton, a St Patrick’s clubmate of Liam Rushe makes his first league start as does Danny Sutcliffe of Naomh Jude

# foster-care - Monday 25 July, 2011

'Unacceptable' risk to children in HSE Dublin foster care, says watchdog

The State’s health watchdog has criticised the HSE’s Dublin north central foster care service, saying that children were being placed with “unassessed and unapproved” foster parents.

# foster-care - Tuesday 19 July, 2011

'Real progress' being made on Ryan Report recommendations

The Minister for Children has published a second progress report on the recommendations arising out of the Ryan Report.

# foster-care - Monday 13 June, 2011

The 9 at 9: Monday 9 At 9 This post contains videos

The 9 at 9: Monday

Nine things to know this morning, including: Irishman wins ten-day Ironman challenge; foreign government may have attacked IMF computers; and energy prices set to rise by 2012.

# foster-care - Thursday 15 July, 2010

CHILDREN WHO ARE placed in foster care because of abuse, neglect, or the death of a guardian are being failed by the system, according to a recent investigation.

The independent health watchdog said that the Health Service Executive (HSE) was guilty of “significant and serious shortcomings” in the quality of care it has been providing for vulnerable young people.

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) says that the foster care services in Dublin North West and Dublin North Central during 2009, the year examined, were “in a state of crisis.”

HIQA found that some children had not been visited by a social workers for several years, or did not have a social worker assigned to them.

Some children were not aware they were permitted to contact social workers or had a telephone number to do so.

Inspectors found that despite some cases of neglect or abuse being flagged by social workers – or by young people themselves – many were left in unsafe situations.

In one case a child who had run away from a foster home because of abusive treatment was actually returned to the home pending an investigation into the allegations.

Investigations showed that homes in Dublin North were generally safe and well-organised. Minister for Children Barry Andrews said that it was unacceptable that there should be such discrepancies in the quality of care within Dublin alone.

The report recommends that new standards be established by February 2011.

The HSE has said that of 75% of the children in Dublin North East have been allocated a social worker since last October 2009.