President of the District Court Rosemary Horgan: ‘Foster carers must be confident they can meet [the child’s] needs – but – they have to know about the needs before they can meet the needs.’ File photograph: Alan Betson

Concerns raised by foster carers, that they are having to care for children without being informed by Tusla social workers about the children’s backgr(...)

‘I dug myself out of the depths of despair and self-pity to now have an amazing friendship with my foster parents.’ Photograph: iStock

Shauna Armstrong, a final-year law student in NUI Maynooth, said that although being in foster care was a challenge at times, she believes the system (...)

‘What is best for the child must prevail in every case.’ Photograph: iStock

Children who are adopted from foster care should have a prioritised status for all State services into adulthood and their carers should also get enha(...)

There were 6,300 children in the care of the State as of March 2017, 92 per cent of whom were placed with 4,500 approved foster carers around the country. File photograph: Getty Images

Gardaí and social workers should be placed in specialist child protection units and gaps in provision of out-of-hours emergency services should be rem(...)

Child protection: Minister for Children Katherine Zappone. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone is to meet the special rapporteur on child protection, Dr Geoffrey Shannon, in the next week to discuss what c(...)

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, insisted the “Grace” case “does not reflect current foster care placements” which are “highly regulated”. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Tusla, the State agency responsible for foster care, has said staff members identified in two reports into alleged sexual and physical abuse suffered (...)

Some 93 per cent of foster children are placed in the homes of general or relative carers, rather than residential centres. Photograph: iStock

On the wall of a small, nondescript room in a Tallaght office building, a purple poster exhorts all who behold it to “Keep calm and carry on”. While (...)

Caitríona Nic Mhuiris and her husband, Séamus Moore, at their home in Galway.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

When Caitríona Nic Mhuiris, her husband, Séamus Moore, and two children headed off to Brittany in a camper van three years ago, they had no id(...)

Ann and Declan Smith from Tralee with their four grandchildren – Noah McMahon, Charlotte McMahon, Kyle Smith (back) and Fionn Smith. Photograph: Domnick Walsh / Eye Focus

Ann Smith’s chance sighting of a leaflet on the noticeboard in a delicatessen where she worked part-time was the catalyst for a life-changing decis(...)

Minister for Children James Reilly has been urged to address the lack of social workers in the State.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Minister for Children James Reilly has been urged to address the lack of social workers in the State. The Irish Times today reported that more than 9,(...)