Press Release

Minister Lenihan announces increases in rates of Foster Care Allowances

Brian Lenihan T.D., Minister for Children, today (16 January) announced that Foster Care Allowance Rates have been increased by 2.8%, with effect from 01 January 2004.

The rates of Foster Care Allowance will now increase from€281.50 to €289.50 per week, per child under 12 years of age, and from €308.50 to €316.50 per week, per child of 12 years and over.

Letters have been issued to the health boards and the Irish Foster Care Association informing them of this increase.

The Minister stated “This increase in the rate of allowances indicates the Governments commitment to the continued improvement of the foster care service. The vast majority of children who cannot be looked after, for whatever reason, by their own family, are provided with foster care. Foster carers, play a critically important role in the lives of these children by providing a place in their homes at a vulnerable time for these children”.

“There are approximately 4,000 children in foster care nationally representing about 90% of children in the care of the health boards. Indications in recent studies show there are significant benefits to be derived from the fostering experience, for both the children and foster carer families.”