Foster parents forced to pay childrens’ transport costs

Hundreds of foster parents have been told that they must pay the transport costs for foster children to see their natural parents.

2nd September, 2006

Hundreds of foster parents have been told that they must pay the transport costs for foster children to see their natural parents. Until now, the costs of access visits have been met by health boards.

Almost 4,800 children live in about 2,500 foster families in Ireland. Foster parents recently negotiated a deal with the Department of Health and Children to increase their fostering payments to cover previously discretionary payments, such as the ‘back to school’...

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