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# Foster Care

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'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.
'I was afraid of my father. I thought it was normal to be afraid of adults'
A new report from NUI Galway highlights the experiences of children in foster care in Ireland.
'Behind each of these numbers is a child that needs help': The business of fostering in Ireland
The State spends over €100 million on foster care each year but Tusla’s role in providing this care is under sharp scrutiny.
Child remains in care after parents refuse to answer phone or turn up to court hearing
The family court heard that the family had living arrangements “unsuitable for a young child”.
Foster service in south central Dublin had 'significant risks' for children
All other 21 headings “require improvement”.
'A monumental cock-up': HSE boss admits Grace case worker still in public service and on a full pension
The Director General of the HSE was before an Oireachtas committee yesterday to correct the record.
Allegations of abuse about another child at 'Grace' home reported to gardaí in 1996
The cases of four other service users were formally identified by An Garda Síochána.
'If we had simply accepted that ageist foster parents rule, it would still be with us'
In May, exclusively reported about the case where grandparents were told they were too old to be the foster carers of their grandchild.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
Heartbroken grandparents say Tusla custody battle is 'killing' them
Following yesterday’s exclusive report by, Tusla has commented further on the situation.
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
“He is our pride and joy” – couple in their 60s devastated by Tusla decision.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
'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.
HSE says sorry to victim of 'savage abuse', after apology "misunderstanding"
The woman was allegedly subjected to sexual and physical abuse for 20 years.
Teenage mother allowed to leave foster care with her baby
“She has worked hard at organising her life, towards the goal of independence.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.