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Last year
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.
All time
Opinion: Foster care is in trouble in Ireland and its privatisation is not the answer
Green Party TD Patrick Costello says foster care in Ireland has been at breaking point for some time and it cannot be ignored any longer.
Gay couple encourage other members of the LGBT community to consider fostering children
There are more than 6,000 children in state care in Ireland.
Foster mother loses High Court challenge over how Tusla removed child from her care
The woman fostered the boy, who has certain medical conditions, for more than a year after his birth in 2016.
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.
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.
'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.
'Major non-compliance': 82 foster carers in Cork did not have up-to-date Garda vetting
HIQA has written to the COO of Tusla about the risks that were identified.
€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.
Some foster carers in Kerry, Galway and Roscommon are not being vetted enough
Two new Hiqa reports have identified a number of shortcomings.
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.
'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”.
'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.
Foster service in south central Dublin had 'significant risks' for children
All other 21 headings “require improvement”.
'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.
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.
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.
New child protection service for migrant families launched
The initiative has been established to address the “general lack of understanding and stigma surrounding migrant families going through child protection interventions”.
Almost 400 children on child services waiting lists in Waterford
A HIQA inspection into Child Protection and Welfare Service in the county highlighted the problem but the HSE says it is working on clearing the lists.