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Tusla apologises to young woman for 'lack of support' after she was raped by her foster dad
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Tusla apologises to young woman for 'lack of support' after she was raped by her foster dad

Dec 19th 2019, 12:06 AM 24,560 Views 19 Comments

He was convicted by a jury and sentenced to 12 years in prison last month.

Rape survivor on waiving her anonymity: ‘I just wanted to say - this is who he is and this is what he did’
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Rape survivor on waiving her anonymity: ‘I just wanted to say - this is who he is and this is what he did’

Dec 19th 2019, 12:05 AM 83,458 Views 39 Comments

Ciara said she has received messages from other victims who are afraid to talk about their abuse.

Ten-fold increase in a decade in number of children from State care reaching out for help
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Ten-fold increase in a decade in number of children from State care reaching out for help

Nov 21st 2019, 6:00 AM 4,388 Views 3 Comments

Children as young as five years old required the support of advocates last year.

Man jailed for 12 years for raping his 16-year-old foster daughter
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Man jailed for 12 years for raping his 16-year-old foster daughter

Nov 13th 2019, 2:19 PM 18,788 Views 0 Comments

The conviction followed a trial at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin last July.

Chair of Tusla says 'journey of reform' lies ahead with further improvements needed 'on a daily basis'
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Chair of Tusla says 'journey of reform' lies ahead with further improvements needed 'on a daily basis'

Nov 2nd 2019, 9:15 AM 15,089 Views 27 Comments

The former Labour Party leader was addressing foster carers at a conference this morning.

Foster carers finally given insurance cover by the State following three-year long battle
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Foster carers finally given insurance cover by the State following three-year long battle

Oct 31st 2019, 6:00 AM 10,010 Views 10 Comments

Some of the 4,500 foster carers in Ireland said the lack of cover had left them exposed

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Allocation of social workers to children in foster care 'chaotic', inspection finds

Oct 3rd 2019, 12:54 PM 7,521 Views 5 Comments

At the time of the inspection, 22% of children did not have an allocated social worker.

Taoiseach will act upon report which lists catalogue of failures into HSE and Tusla handling of foster home abuse case
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Taoiseach will act upon report which lists catalogue of failures into HSE and Tusla handling of foster home abuse case

May 23rd 2019, 4:41 PM 5,930 Views 0 Comments

The children involved were left with a foster family for several years despite abuse claims.

Ombudsman criticises HSE and TUSLA over care for children with disabilities
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Ombudsman criticises HSE and TUSLA over care for children with disabilities

Apr 8th 2019, 9:02 AM 8,846 Views 17 Comments

The collaboration between the HSE and Tusla is still of concern, the ombudsman said.

New website launched to help explain to children in care why Tusla is in their lives
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New website launched to help explain to children in care why Tusla is in their lives

Mar 5th 2019, 12:39 PM 9,575 Views 20 Comments

The website has been designed by young people with lived experience of the care system.

Judge told child in rural Irish town may have been trafficked
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Judge told child in rural Irish town may have been trafficked

Jan 21st 2019, 6:01 AM 31,355 Views 12 Comments

In another case the court heard a pre-school age child may have been sexually abused while in foster care.

Foster mother takes Tusla to High Court over refusal to consider her as adoptive parent for child
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Foster mother takes Tusla to High Court over refusal to consider her as adoptive parent for child

Sep 25th 2018, 8:29 PM 21,342 Views 0 Comments

The woman had been caring for the boy from a few months after his birth until April of this year.

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

Sep 17th 2018, 12:15 AM 30,838 Views 0 Comments

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

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

Jun 20th 2018, 10:58 AM 20,361 Views 5 Comments

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

Actor Barry Keoghan: '13 foster homes. If that's on paper you'd think "he's destined to mess up"'
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Actor Barry Keoghan: '13 foster homes. If that's on paper you'd think "he's destined to mess up"'

Apr 14th 2018, 7:42 AM 116,620 Views 37 Comments

The actor’s stock is growing in Hollywood, and he told Tubridy last night how his experiences growing up shaped him.

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

Apr 5th 2018, 1:55 PM 7,831 Views 5 Comments

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

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

Jan 15th 2018, 6:01 AM 15,184 Views 17 Comments

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

'They've two Christmasses. One with us and another with their birth family'
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'They've two Christmasses. One with us and another with their birth family'

Dec 22nd 2017, 10:00 PM 16,449 Views 15 Comments

Foster carers describe the extra lengths they go to make sure that Christmas is a good time for the children in their care.

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

Nov 16th 2017, 8:37 AM 6,691 Views 25 Comments

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

€19 million a year spent on private foster care because Tusla is overstretched
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€19 million a year spent on private foster care because Tusla is overstretched

Nov 9th 2017, 6:01 AM 9,378 Views 1 Comment

Oireachtas Children’s Committee will today recommend resources be used to recruit more social workers for public service.

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

Aug 29th 2017, 4:26 PM 17,072 Views 0 Comments

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

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

Aug 15th 2017, 2:34 PM 6,514 Views 10 Comments

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

Report into death of teen finds impact of separating her from younger sibling was not understood
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Report into death of teen finds impact of separating her from younger sibling was not understood

Aug 8th 2017, 10:23 PM 20,835 Views 27 Comments

‘Clare’ was in foster care when she took her own life.

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

Aug 8th 2017, 4:38 PM 7,381 Views 0 Comments

Two new Hiqa reports have identified a number of shortcomings.

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

Jul 30th 2017, 12:05 AM 35,431 Views 28 Comments

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.

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

Jul 20th 2017, 2:00 PM 14,206 Views 21 Comments

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

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

Jul 18th 2017, 12:06 PM 7,231 Views 14 Comments

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

Foster carers 'felt disrespected' by social workers, report finds
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Foster carers 'felt disrespected' by social workers, report finds

Jul 16th 2017, 7:30 AM 9,589 Views 7 Comments

In all, 300 social workers and foster carers responded to a joint consultation from Tusla and the Irish Foster Care Association.

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

Jul 14th 2017, 1:10 PM 30,603 Views 21 Comments

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

'This should be the bare minimum we expect': Fostering service to close down in wake of damning report
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'This should be the bare minimum we expect': Fostering service to close down in wake of damning report

Jul 12th 2017, 5:38 PM 13,926 Views 2 Comments

Fresh Start Foster Care Service said it was ceasing operations due to “ongoing difficulties in relation to retention and recruitment of staff”.

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

Jul 7th 2017, 6:20 AM 22,220 Views 0 Comments

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.

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

Jun 21st 2017, 3:45 PM 8,061 Views 8 Comments

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

'They're extremely loyal. Even though they've grown up with neglect they just want to go home'
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'They're extremely loyal. Even though they've grown up with neglect they just want to go home'

Jun 10th 2017, 6:30 AM 14,491 Views 5 Comments

Guardians ad litem are appointed by the courts to give children a voice, but that task is by no means an easy one.

'I was afraid of my father. I thought it was normal to be afraid of adults'
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'I was afraid of my father. I thought it was normal to be afraid of adults'

May 27th 2017, 12:05 AM 35,002 Views 19 Comments

A new report from NUI Galway highlights the experiences of children in foster care in Ireland.

'Behind each of these numbers is a child that needs help': The business of fostering in Ireland
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'Behind each of these numbers is a child that needs help': The business of fostering in Ireland

May 21st 2017, 10:00 PM 18,402 Views 23 Comments

The State spends over €100 million on foster care each year but Tusla’s role in providing this care is under sharp scrutiny.

Child remains in care after parents refuse to answer phone or turn up to court hearing
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Child remains in care after parents refuse to answer phone or turn up to court hearing

Apr 20th 2017, 6:15 AM 22,353 Views 0 Comments

The family court heard that the family had living arrangements “unsuitable for a young child”.

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

Apr 18th 2017, 11:39 AM 7,816 Views 3 Comments

All other 21 headings “require improvement”.

'A monumental cock-up': HSE boss admits Grace case worker still in public service and on a full pension
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'A monumental cock-up': HSE boss admits Grace case worker still in public service and on a full pension

Mar 24th 2017, 12:14 PM 20,986 Views 43 Comments

The Director General of the HSE was before an Oireachtas committee yesterday to correct the record.

Allegations of abuse about another child at 'Grace' home reported to gardaí in 1996
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Allegations of abuse about another child at 'Grace' home reported to gardaí in 1996

Mar 1st 2017, 7:45 AM 11,236 Views 20 Comments

The cases of four other service users were formally identified by An Garda Síochána.

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

Dec 28th 2016, 6:20 AM 16,292 Views 9 Comments

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.

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