Press Release

Foster Care Allowances Increased

Ms Mary Hanafin, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children today (16 June, 2000) announced that foster care allowances are being increased.

The allowance for foster children under the age of 12 is being increased to £71.55 per week. The allowance for children over the age of 12 is being increased to £85.75 per week. The increases will have immediate effect.

Commenting on the increases, the Minister of State said “In an ideal situation a child should be able to live in his or her own family but where that cannot continue the best place for a child is in another family. Foster care plays a crucial role in our child care system. In 1998, 3,162 of the 3,984 children in the care of the Health Boards were placed in foster care. The work of these foster carers is valued and I am anxious to strengthen and develop the service so that the maximum number of children can enjoy family life in a safe and secure environment.”