Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Ceisteanna (177)

Fiona O'Loughlin

Ceist:

177. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the foster care agencies engaged by Tusla in 2016, 2017 and to date in 2018. [25765/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

I have written to Tusla for this information in the format requested by the Deputy. I can inform you that the following companies were engaged by Tusla for the provision of private foster care in the relevant timeframe

- Five Rivers Fostering Ltd.

- Fostering First Ireland Ltd.

- Orchard Children’s Services Ltd.

- Care Visions Fostering

- Oaklodge Fostering Services

- Sorcha Homes Ltd./Horizon House

- St Christopher’s Fellowship

- Fresh Start

Fresh Start are no longer providing fostering services.

It should be noted that children being cared for by a private foster care company remain in the care of Tusla at all times and have a Tusla allocated social worker. The Tusla Foster Care Committee approves all applications by the private company for families to be eligible to foster.