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1

What is fostering.

Children and young people need fostering for many reasons. Fostering is generally for a limited period. E.g week, month or lifetime.

2

Who has legal responsibility for the child.

Shared between the birth parents and social services. Recently however a new law was passed by which if a child is fostered for 5 years the foster parents have the legal right to sign consent papers and medical papers.

3

Contact with birth family-

Yes

4

The goal-

Reunited with families.

5

Statistic

2016, 6,371 children in care.

93% have an allocated social worker.

91% have a written care plan.

25,568 open child welfare and protection cases and 5,987 not allocated a social worker.

Tuslas target- have 134 non allocated children in new year.

Out of non allocated cases there was 956 deemed high priority.

444 of these were written for 3 or more months

Between 2011 & 2014 there was a increase in referrals.

6

What is tusla

Main association dealing with foster care in Ireland.

Child and family agency.

Statoury organisation established in January 2014, by the child and family agency act 2013.

7

What does section 8 of the act say about Tulsa

That it is required to-

Support And promote the development welfare and protection of children.

Support and encourage the effective functioning of families.