News 2017


12 May 2017 - IFCA welcomes Minister Zappone's statement in relation to every young person leaving care

The Irish Foster Care Association (IFCA) welcomes Minister Katherine Zappone’s statement that every young person leaving care will have a right to an aftercare plan from 1st September 2017

3rd May 2017 - IFCA Welcomes the HIQA overview of 2016 regulation of social care and healthcare

The Irish Foster Care Association (IFCA) welcomes the HIQA Regulation Overview Report published and particularly the review of children’s services that it conducted.

Media Statement - 30th May 2017 - RTE Investigates Programme

Media Statement - 29th May 2017 Dr Geoffrey Shannon Report

Media Statement - 29th May 2017 - Use of Section 12 by Gardai

HIQA inspection report on Dublin Mid-Leinster - Dublin South Central Area

IFCA welcomes the HIQA inspection report on the Dublin Mid-Leinster – Dublin South Central area that highlights regional variance in practice in managing allegations within Tusla.

IFCA Welcomes the Review of the Child Care Act announced by the Minister for Children & Youth Affairs

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs announced that a full review of the child care act will take place to ensure that children in crisis are given supports, protections and a voice in their future and that every child in care proceedings will have the opportunity to avail of the support of a guardian ad litem – with a requirement on courts to give reasoning when an appointment is not made. A reform of Guardian ad litem service will also form part of the review to ensure the service is regulated with standard practices. Welcoming the announcement, Catherine Bond, CEO, Irish Foster Care Association commented “I am encouraged by today’s announcement by the Minister. This review is significant for both children in Ireland and all those working with children in Ireland. It is our wish in IFCA that every child in crisis has access to a Guardian ad litum and that the views and needs of the child are central to any decisions that impact on their family and their future. We look forward to working closely with the Department as the review gets underway to ensure the voice of all those involved in foster care in Ireland are heard.” Ends

Statement by Minister on reform of Child Care Act

The Irish Foster Care Association Welcomes the Adoption (Amendment) Bill 2016 being debated today

Press release 14th July 2017 IFCA & Tusla Joint Consultation

Ombudsman investigation into Tusla's procedures for handling complaints about its service

Media Statement 20th July 2017 HIQA Report Cork Region

IFCA & Tusla Joint Consultation Report July 2017

Ombudsman investigation into Tusla's procedures for handling complaints about its service

Seanad Public Consultation Committee Report on Children’s Mental Health Services October 2017

Final Report from the Oireachtas Committee on Health & Children in Foster Care in Ireland