Wayne Dignam: State failed me; a Yes vote will protect other children
I HAVE first-hand experience of the state care system. I was born into a difficult family situation as my parents could not look after me. Due to exceptional circumstances, I was first taken into state care when I was three. That means I was placed into a short-term foster home with a family. By the time I was eight I had lived in various foster and residential homes.
Despite being in need of state protection, I was continually brought back to my family, to difficult circumstances, because the law said I had fewer rights than my parents. The law presumed my best interests were always within my family, despite the very clear evidence to the contrary.
I am speaking out on behalf of the many children who needed to be protected but were not.