Dáil Éireann - Volume 543 - 06 November, 2001
Written Answers. - Health Board Allowances.
Dr. Upton Dr. Upton
384. Dr. Upton asked the Minister for Health and Children the steps he will take to ensure that persons caring for children (details supplied) will be entitled to foster care allowances. [26227/01]
Ms Hanafin Ms Hanafin
Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children (Ms Hanafin): As the Deputy is aware, an allowance is paid in respect of children who are placed in foster care under the Child Care (Placement of Children in Foster Care) Regulations, 1995, or the Child Care (Placement of Children with Relatives) Regulations, 1995. The children in respect of whom these allowances are paid must be in the care of the health board, under the Child Care Act, 1991, either on a voluntary basis or by court order. Under the regulations, a health board must assess the needs of a child placed in care and the suitability of the prospective foster or relative carers, and draw up a child care plan. The implementation of the child care plan places significant responsibilities and duties on foster carers, whether relatives or non-relatives. The foster care allowance is paid in recognition of these additional responsibilities and the additional costs of looking after foster children.
Dáil Éireann 543 Written Answers. Health Board Allowances.