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Minister Zappone welcomes Report on the Provision of Foster Care in Ireland by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs

Thursday 9th November, 2017

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Ms. Katherine Zappone, T.D, today welcomed the publication of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs’ report on the provision of foster care services in Ireland.

Speaking today the Minister said, “I’m grateful to the Joint Oireachtas Committee for their work on this report and for their examination of such an important topic as foster care. We have continued over the past number of years to invest heavily in Tusla so that Foster Care, among other services provided by Tusla, will develop, grow and improve.”

“Of course, that is not to say that everything is perfect – if fact we all know it is not. But I am extremely conscious of the dedication, good will and emotional warmth displayed by so very many of our foster families as well as social work teams, and I think a careful and thorough examination of the report is warranted to inform action in this important area”.

The Minister also added the report was supplied to officials and Tusla this morning who are currently examining its contents. “I will be discussing this further with my officials when their analysis of matters raised is compete”, the Minister said.