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# State Care

This year
# Epic
Study on children with disabilities living in State care calls for improved inter-agency action
The first of its kind study found ‘inconsistent coordination amongst state agencies, and a lack of awareness on disabilities within the care system’.
All time
Opinion: The Irish state is a very bad parent - when its children turn 18 they often end up on the streets
Sometimes we talk about people ending up as statistics. But there are no statistics compiled for how many children raised in state care become homeless, writes Shane Dunphy.
# Guardians
'That gives you sleepless nights. It's a last resort': Giving children in State care a voice
Guardians ad litem tell about the trends they’ve seen in children assigned to their care.
# 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.
# State Care
Over half of 16 and 17-year-olds in State care have no aftercare worker
An aftercare worker is assigned to teenagers in State care as they approach the age of 18.
# Social Services
Suicide, overdose, sudden infant death: Children who died while in contact with social services
The National Review Panel released five case studies of vulnerable children who died.
# care of the state
Grace case whistleblower says she's 'disappointed' with HSE's response
The whistleblower, who remains anonymous, told RTÉ’s This Week that she wants to appear before committee to set the record straight.
# State Care
Minister reveals that over 6,000 children in State care
The number of children in care has risen by almost 20% during the past decade.
# Babies
Over 120 children under the age of one were in state care last Christmas
The Child and Family Agency has a statutory duty to children who are not receiving adequate care and protection.
# crisis care
Over 500 children placed in out-of-hours emergency care last year
Many of the children are removed from homes out-of-hours by gardaí.
# Family court
Child in foster care has "serious anxiety" and worries about his mother's welfare
A family court heard the child recently had an argument with his foster family.
# Child and Family Agency
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.
# trinity street
Minute silence in Children's Court for teenage boy who died while in care
The court heard that appropriate interventions came ‘far too late’ for the 16-year-old boy.
# Rape Charges
16-year-old charged with raping a girl the same age as him granted bail
The teenager, who was 15 at the time of the alleged incident, has been granted bail.
# safeguards
Foster care rules are 'being ignored and bypassed'
Almost one in five foster carers have not been allocated a social worker.
# Courts
Garda tells court she found child wandering street with his drunk mother at 5am
A school principal said the child had complained of being hungry in school.
# Courts
'My daughter is my life': Mother pleads with judge to return child from care
The child was taken into state care after concerns about physical abuse.
# State Care
Foster kids without homes made vulnerable by HSE inspection issues
A new investigation by the Ombudsman for Children has shed light on the situation.
# aftercare
'It makes you appreciate the fortunate start in life most of us got'
Did you watch last night’s RTÉ documentary?
# Leaving Care
'They said I'd never finish school... Now I'm a teacher'
What happened next…
# Family court
Care order extended for two young girls who described their mother as a 'junkie'
The children said their mum had been ‘sleepy’ and ‘dozy’ during access visits.
# State Care
The High Court has ordered 17 children be detained in special care units
Detention in special care is for the child’s own welfare and protection.
# Social Care
'Social workers can't do their jobs properly due to under resourcing'
Social work expert Maurice Fenton said that the relationship between children and carers is being sacrificed.
# family courts series
A Week in the Family Court: 'There needs to be intervention before we reach crisis point' spent a week observing cases in the Family Court. Here’s what the people working in child protection think needs to be done.
# family courts series
A Week in the Family Court: 6,500 children are in care - here are some of their stories spent a week observing cases in the Family Court. Here are a selection of the care orders that appeared before the courts.
# News Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Monday
Everybody’s talking about housing people in prefabs, Judge Barry White, seagulls and Islamic State.
# Missing
113 children in State care went missing in the first six months of 2014
All of the children were returned to their families.
# Children in Care
91 children known to HSE died in four years - one quarter by suicide
More than three quarters of these children were living with their families at the time.
# Children in Care
'Little appreciation' from State that Luke was at risk of harm while in care
Tusla, the child and family agency has published four reports into the deaths of children in State care.
# tusla
Reports into deaths of five children in State care due today
It is believed one of the reports concerns a “very young” child.
# Missing
Why did all these Chinese 'teens' go missing in Ireland?
Numbers of missing migrant children fell significantly after the system was reformed, leading experts to believe it had been used by smugglers to sneak people into the country.
# Vulnerable
Children in State care being 'placed in danger of abuse and exploitation'
There are concerns about the lack of supports for both children in care and those who have left State care on turning 18.
# Martin Callinan
Garda Commissioner says media reports on Roma child cases "not accurate"
It was reported at the weekend that local social workers were left out of the loop when gardaí removed a two-year-old Roma boy from his family.
Column: Why and how are children taken into State care?
When the State intervenes in family situations, it does so in our name. We should be aware of child care proceedings so we can all participate in an informed discussion rather than reacting to the latest headline, writes Carol Coulter.
# Children
Mental health needs of vulnerable children in Ireland 'not being met'
The need for stability and continuity of care for children going through the state’s care and justice systems has been highlighted in a new report.
# Care
Why do children end up in care in Ireland?
A new website looks at cases from Irish courts where children ended up in care. Here are some of the stories.
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.
# talk it out
Corruption and the Catholic Church up for discussion at MacGill Summer School
Government ministers, journalists and academics will be speaking at the 32nd MacGill Summer School which starts tonight in Donegal.
# Children
Children's Ombudsman criticises application of 'in camera' rule on child cases
Emily Logan also said her office met with “resistance” when investigating children in care.