The challenges of integrating migrant children in Ireland's care

02 April 2017 by Gráinne Ní Aodha

OF THE 6,300 children in Ireland’s care system, each cases poses a unique mix of complex emotions, personalities and perspectives on what family life should be.

But when you mix families from different cultures in there as well, doubled with traumatic experiences of a family fleeing from war, that makes child care all-the-more challenging.

This week, Tusla have teamed up with the New Communities Partnership (NCP) in order to help people from different ethnic backgrounds mix with the foster family they could be placed with.

“There are a lot of challenges in the area of child protection,” says Daniela Jurj, National Coordinator of NCP Migrant Family Support Service.

At the heart of that difficulty is defining what parenting is, and what it means in Ireland, specifically.

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