Saturday 1 October 2016

Grandparents' hopes in foster case dashed

Published 26/05/2016 | 02:30

The grandparents failed in their bid to get the Children’s Minister, Katherine Zappone (pictured), to intervene Photo: Tom Burke
The grandparents failed in their bid to get the Children’s Minister, Katherine Zappone (pictured), to intervene Photo: Tom Burke

The grandparents of a young boy, who was removed from their foster care on grounds which included their age, have failed in their bid to get the Children's Minister, Katherine Zappone, to intervene.

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The couple, from a county in the mid-west, who are in their mid-60s, are distraught at losing the nine-year-old following an assessment by Tusla, the Child and Family Agency.

They cared for the young boy for several years at the request of their daughter.

A spokeswoman for the minister said yesterday that she did not believe it would be "appropriate" to intervene.

The boy is now in the care of a grand-aunt and her husband, who are of a similar age to the grandparents. Their home is in a county in the south-west.

Independent TD Mattie McGrath had asked Ms Zappone to look at the case after the heartbroken grandparents turned to him for help.

Tusla defended its decision to transfer the child to other relatives, saying it was in the best interests of the child. It accepted the emotional ties with the grandparents.

Irish Independent

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