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# state-care - Sunday 16 December, 2018

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.

# state-care - Saturday 14 October, 2017

'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 - Tuesday 8 August, 2017

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 - Sunday 21 May, 2017

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.

# state-care - Thursday 11 May, 2017

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.

# state-care - Sunday 30 April, 2017

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 - Thursday 9 February, 2017

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.

# state-care - Saturday 24 December, 2016

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.

# state-care - Monday 26 September, 2016

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.

# state-care - Monday 29 August, 2016

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.

# state-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.

# state-care - Friday 6 May, 2016

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.

# state-care - Friday 8 April, 2016

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.

# state-care - Tuesday 2 February, 2016

Foster care rules are 'being ignored and bypassed'

Almost one in five foster carers have not been allocated a social worker.

# state-care - Wednesday 30 December, 2015

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.

# state-care - Sunday 27 December, 2015

'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 - Friday 7 August, 2015

Foster kids without homes made vulnerable by HSE inspection issues

A new investigation by the Ombudsman for Children has shed light on the situation.

# state-care - Tuesday 10 February, 2015

'It makes you appreciate the fortunate start in life most of us got'

Did you watch last night’s RTÉ documentary?

# state-care - Wednesday 24 December, 2014

'They said I'd never finish school... Now I'm a teacher'

What happened next…

# state-care - Monday 22 December, 2014

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 - Friday 28 November, 2014

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.

# state-care - Sunday 16 November, 2014

'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.

# state-care - Tuesday 16 September, 2014

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.

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.

# state-care - Monday 15 September, 2014

Here's What Happened Today: Monday

Everybody’s talking about housing people in prefabs, Judge Barry White, seagulls and Islamic State.

113 children in State care went missing in the first six months of 2014

All of the children were returned to their families.

# state-care - Wednesday 16 July, 2014

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.

The 5 at 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

'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.

Reports into deaths of five children in State care due today

It is believed one of the reports concerns a “very young” child.

# state-care - Monday 30 June, 2014

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.

# state-care - Sunday 22 June, 2014

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.

# state-care - Wednesday 13 November, 2013

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.

# state-care - Wednesday 23 October, 2013

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.

# state-care - Friday 12 July, 2013

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.

# state-care - Saturday 6 April, 2013

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.

# state-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.

# state-care - Sunday 22 July, 2012

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.

# state-care - Sunday 24 June, 2012

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.

# state-care - Saturday 23 June, 2012

Column: Ireland will never care for its people until we admit our own guilt

Revelations over child deaths are just the latest in a long line – and nothing will change unless we move beyond scapegoats, writes Aaron McKenna.

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