Written answers

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

8:00 pm

Photo of Terence TerenceTerence Terence (Dublin North East, Fine Gael)
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Question 446: To ask the Minister for Health the reason guardian payments and fostering payments are different (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17082/11]

Photo of Frances FitzgeraldFrances Fitzgerald (Minister, Department of Children; Dublin Mid West, Fine Gael)
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The Guardian’s Payment is paid to the guardian for the benefit of the child where either both parents are dead or where one of the parents is dead, unknown, has abandoned or has refused or failed to provide for the child and the other parent is unknown, or has abandoned or has refused or failed to provide for the child. The Guardian’s payment is administered by the Department of Social Protection and addresses the income maintenance aspect of the child.

The Foster Care Allowance is paid to foster carers, be they relatives or not, where the child has been formally placed into care by the H.S.E. In order to place a child in foster care, the HSE must satisfy itself that the child would not receive adequate care and protection unless he/she was placed in the care of the State. The allowance is paid to the foster carers in recognition of the responsibilities placed on them by the child care plan which is required under the Child Care Regulations 1995 and is not an income or an income support.

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