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Five foster families are caring for children despite having their application rejected

The report added that standards of aftercare was also poor in some cases and that the uptake of training was poor.

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A REPORT INTO the standard of foster care in Cork has found that five families are still caring for children, despite having their application to the service rejected.

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) report into fostering in Cork also found that some children were placed with families who had not been assessed.

Six carers had not been assessed, while five had had their application rejected but were still caring for children.

The report was largely positive, praising the high standard of fostering across the country. Children are generally well cared for by a support network of professionally trained care staff.

The report said that children had been placed in “safe, stable placements where they received a high level of care”. However the report expressed some concern that aftercare support for teenagers moving on to independent living was inconsistent, with some receiving no care at all.

90 per cent of the 881 foster children in Cork had a social worker assigned to them, the report found.

The report highlighted shortcomings with disability care provisions, the compatibility of cultural backgrounds and the uptake of training by carers.

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