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#Foster Care

# foster-care - Tuesday 25 September, 2018

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.

# foster-care - Monday 17 September, 2018

Nine-year-old boy in care moved five different times in 13 days

“His experience in care is augmenting his experience of harm that brought him into care,” the judge said.

# foster-care - Wednesday 20 June, 2018

Foster mother gets backdated payment of €28,600 after Tusla cut her allowances

The woman’s allowances were reduced significantly when her two children turned 18, despite them both having intellectual disabilities.

# foster-care - Saturday 14 April, 2018

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.

# foster-care - Thursday 5 April, 2018

'Deeply concerning': Foster services criticised over lack of garda vetting and shortfall in carers

The Health Information and Quality Authority released three inspection reports of foster care services in Ireland.

# foster-care - Monday 15 January, 2018

Child with Down Syndrome and severe autism who was abandoned at birth was 'not receiving sufficient HSE and Tusla support'

Tusla has committed to undertaking a “systemic review” of supports.

# foster-care - Friday 22 December, 2017

'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.

# foster-care - Thursday 16 November, 2017

Michael Noonan’s handling of the ‘Grace' case will be examined next year

‘Grace’ was left in an abusive foster home in the southeast of the country for 20 years.

# foster-care - Thursday 9 November, 2017

€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.

# foster-care - Tuesday 29 August, 2017

'Out of control' teen admitted to hospital as Tusla had nowhere else to place him

The boy damaged his family home during a fight with his mother over unwashed clothing.

# foster-care - Tuesday 15 August, 2017

Report finds 30 foster carers in Mid-West not garda vetted

The Hiqa report also found a delay in reporting allegations of abuse to the gardaí.

# foster-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.

Some foster carers in Kerry, Galway and Roscommon are not being vetted enough

Two new Hiqa reports have identified a number of shortcomings.

# foster-care - Sunday 30 July, 2017

'When I stopped working, I said I was going to put everything into these kids'

A woman who cares for her two grandchildren tells us how she’s been thwarted at every turn to seek greater supports from the State.

# foster-care - Thursday 20 July, 2017

'No Garda vetting, inadequate investigations' - Tusla slammed over standard of Cork foster care services

An inspection by health authority Hiqa has found that the Cork area shows ‘major non-compliance’ with accepted standards of foster care.

# foster-care - Tuesday 18 July, 2017

'We need consistency': Long delays by Tusla in dealing with abuse allegations, report says

The Ombudsman was critical of Tusla’s procedures for dealing with abuse allegations.

# foster-care - Sunday 16 July, 2017

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.

# foster-care - Friday 14 July, 2017

Children can now be adopted by their foster carers after 18 months

The Adoption (Amendment) Bill 2016 has passed its final stages in Dáil Éireann.

# foster-care - Wednesday 12 July, 2017

'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”.

# foster-care - Friday 7 July, 2017

Boy put back into residential care after 'loving' foster parents didn't get supports they begged for

The child was doing well in school and had joined the local football club but needed extra psychological supports which the family did not receive.

# foster-care - Wednesday 21 June, 2017

'It's not always as straightforward': Tusla chief on removing children at high risk from State care

Tusla chief executive Fred McBride was speaking at the Joint Committee on Children and Youth Affairs this morning.

# foster-care - Saturday 10 June, 2017

'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.

# foster-care - Saturday 27 May, 2017

'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.

# foster-care - Sunday 21 May, 2017

'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-care - Thursday 20 April, 2017

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-care - Tuesday 18 April, 2017

Foster service in south central Dublin had 'significant risks' for children

All other 21 headings “require improvement”.

# foster-care - Friday 24 March, 2017

'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.

# foster-care - Wednesday 1 March, 2017

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.

# foster-care - Wednesday 28 December, 2016

'If we had simply accepted that ageist foster parents rule, it would still be with us'

In May, TheJournal.ie exclusively reported about the case where grandparents were told they were too old to be the foster carers of their grandchild.

# 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, TheJournal.ie 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 TheJournal.ie, 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.

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