The Public Sector Award 2014


Official Launch of New Child and Family Agency 'Tusla'

A new state body to protect children has been billed as a ferocious corporate parent demanding the best for the country's youngsters.

The Child and Family Agency will takeover the role of three separate bodies to improve services for children, which the Government says is the most effective response to repeated and tragic failings of the past.

It will have 4,000 staff, a budget of 609 million euro and a national network of 106 community based family resource centres.

Five Rivers training courses

Five Rivers Ireland training department will be running courses in July for our carers on "protecting children and protecting ourselves", "the effect of trauma on the child and carer", and "sexual health & relationships".

Training will take place in Dublin, Cork, Athlone and Carlow.

Contact us for more details.

Welcome to Five Rivers Ireland’s new website!

Welcome to Five Rivers Ireland’s new website!  We hope you find it informative and that it answers any questions you may have about fostering with us.  Please contact us at our Dublin or Cork offices if you want to discuss further.  We look forward to your enquiry.

Dublin Mum of the Year 2013 award for Foster Carer

Foster carer Kathleen O’Farrell, Baldoyle was recently crowned ‘Woman’s Way & Lidl Dublin Mum of the Year’. She was nominated by her daughter Kathleen junior. Kathleen and her husband have been fostering and working with the Tulsa Child and Family Agency
social work department in North Dublin for over 25 years.

Education of Children in Care in Ireland: An Exploratory Study

Education of Children in Care in Ireland: An Exploratory Study, commissioned by the Ombudsman for Children’s Office, presents the results of a recent study on education for children in care in Ireland. The overarching aim of this study is to identify how the Irish education system can best support attendance, participation and attainment in education by children in care.


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