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# Child and Family Agency

Last year
'Two babies from one family, gone': Tusla unable to locate records despite 'extensive' search
A report by
Órla Ryan
Tuam survivor Peter Mulryan says it’s “awful” that records for his older sister, Bridget, cannot be found.
Tuam survivor Peter Mulryan says it's "awful" that records for his older sister cannot be found, Órla Ryan reports
Peter believes there is a chance Bridget may have been incorrectly listed as dead, before being adopted
Records related to St Gerard's were given to Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, in 2017
'Where is she?': Survivor of Tuam home discovers he has a second sister with no burial record
Unaccompanied children as young as 12 arriving into Ireland from Ukraine
14 unaccompanied children are currently in Tusla care.
All time
Challenge brought over CFA decision not to uphold child's claims she was sexually abused by man
Counsel for the applicant said the refusal to reopen the matter was unreasonable and unlawful.
Judge gives go-ahead for Covid-19 vaccination of boy (15) against wishes of mother
The court heard that the boy told his dedicated social worker that he wants the vaccine.
Tusla suffers 23 'high risk' data breaches - including stolen files and loss of devices - since last year
The vast majority of the cases involved an “employee error or omission”.
Tusla 'accidentally disclosed' contact and location information of mother and child victim to alleged abuser
This and other data breaches are outlined in the Data Protection Commission’s annual report.
Parents left in limbo after Tusla closes unregistered aftercare facility in south Dublin
Dimples Creche in Sandyford has been forced to close its after-care from tomorrow.
Woman avoids being sent back to jail for identifying her son in childcare proceedings on social media
It is a criminal offence to identify anyone who is the subject of childcare proceedings.
Court decides child in foster care can go to Church of Ireland school against wishes of Catholic parents
The child’s parents did not consent to her attendance at the school.
More than 6,000 physical abuse referrals to child and family agency last year
The most common form of abuse in cases referred to Tusla was emotional abuse.
Taoiseach will act upon report which lists catalogue of failures into HSE and Tusla handling of foster home abuse case
The children involved were left with a foster family for several years despite abuse claims.
New website launched to help explain to children in care why Tusla is in their lives
The website has been designed by young people with lived experience of the care system.
Tusla sets up helpline in wake of reports of 71 alleged abusers in Scouting Ireland review
It comes after Minister Katherine Zappone revealed the findings earlier this week.
The CEO of Tusla, Fred McBride, is resigning
The organisation has been plagued with a number of scandals in recent years.
Social workers have to develop skills to deal with allegations of historical abuse 'on the hoof'
The CEO of Tusla has said this area is “one of the most challenging” aspects of the agency’s work.
Tusla will underspend its 2017 budget by €11.4m - here's why
The Child and Family Agency identified hiring and retaining staff, as well as reputational damage as challenges this year.
High Court rules that teenager's HIV need not be disclosed to young woman
The case was taken by the Child and Family Agency.
Parents whose son missed 243 days of school in 3 years fail to turn up to court
The father told an education and welfare officer that the missed school days were a result of his “bad back”.
Family living without running water sue Donegal County Council after it deferred housing support
The Traveller family had been told that they presented a risk of engaging in anti-social behaviour.
'Extremely vulnerable' teenager in State care needs to be transferred to UK, court hears
Those involved in her treatment say the best place for the 16-year-old is at the St Andrew’s Healthcare facility in Northampton.
'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.
Former Tusla boss was paid €40k after leaving post last year
The figures were revealed in the agency’s annual accounts.
'You cannot trust these people' - Woman who had disclosure of abuse lost by Tusla slams report on its failings
The woman, whose records were lost by the HSE/Tusla for over three years, says she feels the latest ombudsman report into Tusla’s complaints procedures won’t change anything.
Poll: Would you consider home schooling your children?
A report this morning suggests that the number of children home-schooled in Ireland has doubled in the past five years.
'You have come a long way': Court hears how mother turned life around to regain access to child
The judge adjourned the case until October, when the mother and child’s progress will be seen.
Family Support Agency board member overclaimed €40k in expenses
“Obviously, in hindsight, it was wrong, there is no question about that,” Richard Hickey said.
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”.
16-year-old whose 'life is in danger' over suspected drug debt to be placed in secure care
The teen had been unable to explain how he came into possession of quantities of cash, counsel said.
'I don't want waiting lists': Judge rules 'with a heavy heart' for kids to remain in foster care
The judge rejected an application to return the children home to their father.
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.
'It's not the State's problem, it's the family's': Care system to adopt tough love approach
The chief executive of Tusla said the agency wants families to share more power and responsibility, and to “own their problems”.
'Some flee immediately': Migrants pretending to be children to get into Ireland
So far this year, Tusla has received 97 referrals into its team for separated children seeking asylum.
Pregnant teen jailed for kicking student in the head loses appeal against sentence
The teen was caught on CCTV attacking the Brazilian national.
Girl, 16, placed in secure care over fears that she could be sexually exploited
It is understood the girl, who went missing recently, was involved with an older man.
Children in 'disturbing' sex abuse case to remain in care until next year
The children, who are both under the age of ten, will continue in the care of their foster parents.
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.
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.
Judge says alleged sexual abuse of two children is 'most disturbing evidence' he has seen in 20 years
The children’s foster parents do not want them to be reunited with their biological parents.
Jeff's story: A worried little boy in care - quiet, kind and deeply troubled
The child had been placed in care because of family violence, parental alcohol use and neglect and remained in care until he was an adult.