Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Ceisteanna (702)

Michael McGrath

Ceist:

702. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if a family support centre (details supplied) in County Cork can be recognised by the Child and Family Agency; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19351/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

The new Child & Family Agency brings together family support services previously delivered by a number of different agencies. The establishment of the agency allows for the provision of a more integrated service than heretofore to those families that require support.

There are currently 106 Family Resource Centres funded by the Child and Family Agency, including six in County Cork at; Ballincollig, Mallow, Cobh, Dunmanway, Adrigole, Midleton. There are also outreach centres at Bandon and Beara. Decisions with regard to the recognition of additional centres are appropriate to the Child and Family Agency. I am aware that the Family and Community Services Resource Programme previously administered by the Family Support Agency closed for applications in 2008.