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Foster Care Supports

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 10 November 2015

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Ceisteanna (348)

Derek Nolan

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348. Deputy Derek Nolan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of foster parents who are eligible for the rate of €325 under the foster parent allowance scheme by age of child and location, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39460/15]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

Under the Child Care Act, 1991 and the Child and Family Agency Act, 2013, the Child and Family Agency has a statutory duty to promote the welfare of children who are not receiving adequate care and protection. The majority of children in care are in foster care, one third of whom are placed with relatives.

Foster care allowances are provided in order to allow foster carers meet all of the child’s daily living needs, e.g. food, clothing, school uniform, school books, extra-curricular activities, school trips, pocket money (depending on the age of the child), and treats such as toys, games or holidays. The foster care allowance is currently €325 per week per child up to and including 12 years of age, and €352 per week per child over 12 years of age. The foster care allowance is tax exempt.

Information on the ages of children in care is collated on an annual bases. The following table, dated 31 December 2014, shows how many children up to and including 12 years of age are in foster care, both general and relative foster care, in each particular area.

Children in Care aged 12 years and under in Foster Care Placement on 31 December 2014

General Foster Care

Relative Foster Care

Total Foster Care

Dublin South Central

171

60

231

Dublin South East / Wicklow

137

50

187

Dublin South West / Kildare / West Wicklow

181

92

273

Midlands

162

51

213

Total Dublin/Mid Leinster

651

253

904

Dublin North City

238

139

377

Dublin North 

110

71

181

Louth / Meath

174

49

223

Cavan / Monaghan

93

14

107

Total Dublin North East

615

273

888

Cork 

390

171

561

Kerry

59

34

93

Carlow / Kilkenny / South Tipperary

146

66

212

Waterford / Wexford

258

58

316

Total South

853

329

1182

Midwest

262

109

371

Galway / Roscommon

244

77

321

Mayo 

56

16

72

Donegal

103

20

123

Sligo / Leitrim / West Cavan

37

10

47

Total West

702

232

934

National

2821

1087

3908

I trust that this information is helpful to the Deputy.

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