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Case Histories 2016 Volume 1, Phase Two

Introduction

  1. Children return home following withdrawal of Care Order applications by CFA after 29 days of hearing
  2. Care Order applications for four children adjourned pending assessments
  3. Costs based on District Court rules awarded against CCLRP in documents application; Judge regrets no state funds available for such applications
  4. High Court conducts inquiry into provision of psychiatric services in secure care unit
  5. Protocol on special care processes approved in High Court
  6. Care Orders granted for five children
  7. Full Care Orders granted for teenage girls
  8. Full Care Order for young child of drug users
  9. Care Orders for four Roma children
  10. Interim Care Orders extended for six children
  11. Interim Care Order for child whose mother in custody
  12. Court rules children should not be asked to give evidence
  13. Emergency Care Order for children whose mother detained under Mental Health Act
  14. Mother consents to Interim Care Order while she obtains support
  15. Interim Care Order extended for child found alone at Dublin airport
  16. Care Order Sought for Eleven Children
  17. Child absconds from residential unit and goes home
  18. Four Child Care Cases Heard Among 37 Family Law Cases
  19. CCLRP exempted from ruling prohibition reporting on case

Case Histories 2015 Volume 4

Introduction

  1. No facility in Ireland for teenager detained in UK
  2. Two children returned to secure care following discharge
  3. High Court judge refuses to place child in secure care unit pending inquiry into psychiatric services
  4. Interim Care Order for girl whose parents made a stranger her guardian
  5. Full Care Orders for young Roma children
  6. Supervision Order adjourned while High Court hears challenge
  7. “State has fallen down in its obligations” to mother seeking reunification – Judge
  8. Interim Care Order extended after chronic school absenteeism
  9. Emergency Care Order for asylum seeker’s children
  10. Access disputed while Care Order extended
  11. Emergency Care Order granted after three days’ hearing
  12. Interim Care Order where mother had low cognitive ability
  13. Case adjourned when mother opts for voluntary care
  14. Care Order for infant of addicted mother

Case Histories 2015 Volume 3

Introduction

  1. Care Order for girl who worries about young brother
  2. Full Care Order for addict’s child refused, shorter order granted instead
  3. CFA agrees young woman in care may move to accommodation with baby
  4. Interim Care Order extended for boy who alleged assault by father
  5. CFA to explore children’s religious education with local Muslim community
  6. Judge refuses to extend Interim Care Order
  7. Application for access adjourned following threats to estranged wife
  8. Social work reports are not “relevant court documents”
  9. Four Care Orders after parents concede case “unassailable”
  10. Interim Care Order for child with no legal guardian and no home
  11. One year Care Order to allow mother to stabilise
  12. Care Order granted on consent for six weeks
  13. Supervision Order application adjourned for legal representation
  14. Care Order refused, Supervision Order granted for injured child
  15. Children to return home after expiry of Care Order
  16. Care Order for six months where boy not leaving his room
  17. Full Care Orders for seven children following lengthy hearing
  18. Interim Care Order arising from serious neglect
  19. Supervision Order renewed for six weeks
  20. Judge criticises CFA after child abused in care
  21. Interim Care Order for “Jane Doe”
  22. “He wished his mother was dead and the problem resolved once and for all.”
  23. Care Order refused for child missing in care
  24. Application for access by grandmother refused
  25. Care Order until 18 for boy in care since birth
  26. Assessments for boy in care confused about gender
  27. Reunification possible if drug use addressed
  28. Supervision Order granted, though grounds existed for Interim Care Order
  29. Review of Care Orders for children with attachment issues
  30. Teenager arrested while awaiting secure care placement
  31. Emergency Care Order after child found with heroin-using parents
  32. Care Order discharged for teenager who absconded
  33. Interim Care Order application converted to full Care Order
  34. Teenager complains about foster care
  35. Interim Care Order where serious neglect alleged
  36. Court refuses CFA application to move child to relative placement
  37. Judge requires risk assessments before discharging orders

Case Histories 2015 Volume 2

Introduction

  1. “It was sore when she hit me”
  2. Mother with mental age of 8 sees child go into care
  3. Care Order for child whose mother suffered mental health problems
  4. Care Order granted for one year where mother cognitively impaired
  5. Court rules parents should have advocates in continuing case
  6. Care order for child whose siblings in care
  7. Care Order for Muslim teenager whose parents left Ireland
  8. Circuit Court discharges Care Order on appeal
  9. Three applications withdrawn by CFA
  10. Supervision Order for child in in cold and dirty conditions
  11. Care Orders for children in and out of care for three years
  12. Aftercare review for child with fragile mental health
  13. Emergency Care Order refused for child at moderate risk of suicide
  14. Putative father asked to leave court pending DNA test
  15. Child in care goes missing following family funeral
  16. Care Order granted for anxious and fearful child
  17. Allegations against father prompt Interim Care Order application
  18. Care Order refused, sought because of 23-year-old child abuse conviction
  19. Father’s overnight access opposed by Child and Family Agency
  20. Drug addiction results in third baby being taken into care
  21. Court refused substituted service by text
  22. Full Care Order granted for five-year-old in care since birth
  23. Access increased for mother recovering from alcoholism
  24. Judge frustrated at assessment delays
  25. Boy needs counselling following death of friend
  26. Interim Care Order sought for seriously ill children moving between countries
  27. Interim Care Order extended for drunk and disorderly teenager
  28. Application by parents to discharge or vary Care Order refused
  29. Review of Care Order where child displaying anxiety after access
  30. Care Order for abandoned child with severe disabilities

Case Histories 2015 Volume 1

Introduction

  1. Bed in secure care created for at-risk minor following several hearings
  2. No secure place for Boys Town teenager returned to Ireland
  3. Three teenagers attempted self-harm while under review in High Court
  4. High Court hears boy cannot return to Ireland because of lack of services
  5. Care Order until 18 for child whose father offered to abuse her online
  6. High Court rules infant must return to parents’ jurisdiction for care proceedings
  7. High Court accepts transfer of infant to Ireland
  8. Interim Care Order renewed pending High Court application
  9. Supervision Order for baby discharged after a year
  10. Social worker can apply for naturalisation for non-national girl
  11. Interim Care Order for baby found at night in car
  12. Full Care Orders for three children following shorter orders
  13. Fears for child leaving care
  14. Care Order granted for child of drug addicts
  15. Care order for mother with mental age of a ten year old
  16. Care Orders for children whose parents could not be located
  17. Written judgement outlines proportionate basis for orders
  18. Increased access for grandmother
  19. Judge to speak to girl who kept absconding from care
  20. Care Orders granted for children in relatives’ care
  21. Supervision Order granted for two children amid concerns about school
  22. Serious concern for absconding teenager whose mother died
  23. Access reduced for mother of “very troubled little boy”
  24. Interim Care Order to permit psychiatric assessment in another jurisdiction
  25. Reasons for Care Orders for African children given after 40-day hearing
  26. Orders granted for teenage African girl
  27. Foster parents denied funding for treatment
  28. Care extended for baby of former child in care
  29. Solicitors for young people in care present their cases
  30. Pre-Christmas applications in District Court list

Case Histories 2014 Volume 1

Introduction

  1. Interim Care Order for baby refused when Emergency Care Order expired
  2. Full Care Order granted for infant after 18 months of hearings
  3. No Secure Care bed for troubled boy
  4. Funding needed to help with access for severely disabled child
  5. Children return to care for second time
  6. Parents collapse during hearing
  7. Robust plan of supports enables reunification
  8. Care Order refused following High Court ruling on Supervision Order
  9. “Shared care arrangement” to be examined
  10. Judge welcomes “good news story”
  11. Care Order for child whose father awaiting extradition
  12. Interim Care Order extended for African children
  13. Emergency Care Order for baby, but HSE told to avoid Interim Care Order
  14. Care Order refused for young baby, Supervision Order granted instead
  15. Care Order for four children extended for parenting assessment
  16. Clarification sought on status of Irish orders in another jurisdiction
  17. Sixty family law cases on list in rural town
  18. Full Care Order for emotionally abused girl
  19. Traveller identity of young children to be addressed
  20. Full care order till 18 for child whose mother has learning disability
  21. Care order granted for girl where mother has alcohol and drug problems
  22. Interim Care Order refused following expiry of ECO
  23. Care order for baby granted whose mother in unsafe family situation
  24. Reunification plan agreed following Interim Care Order
  25. GAL re-appointed to advise on access
  26. One child may return home while other remains in care
  27. Parents fail in application for access following abuse allegations

Case Histories 2014 Volume 2

Introduction

  1. Care Orders for seven children where sexual abuse alleged
  2. Application adjourned for investigation into “very distressing” behaviours
  3. Care Orders for a year for eight children where sexual abuse alleged
  4. Care Order sought after father offered on-line to abuse his child
  5. Interim Care Orders granted for four children after six months of hearings
  6. Judge directs reports to be provided 48 hours in advance of hearing as Interim Care Order for new-born infant renewed
  7. Care Order granted for girl raped by father over many years
  8. Variety of orders granted in Child Care List in District Court
  9. Reviews of Care Orders as children approach 18
  10. Emergency Care Order for suicidal boy
  11. CFA urged to progress access for children in care until 18
  12. St Patrick’s Day access sought
  13. Application to discharge Care Order refused
  14. Interim Care Order granted where Traveller family harassed
  15. Secure care place sought for boy
  16. Differences in after-care reviews noted
  17. Mother consents to long-term Care Orders
  18. Withdrawal of Garda Emergency Care Order refused
  19. Interim Care Order for new-born baby extended
  20. Overnight access withdrawn as mother drinking
  21. Access sought following serious head injury to baby
  22. No time for long case as 79 applications listed for one day
  23. Emergency Care Order for teenager in care of brother

Case Histories 2014 Volume 3

Introduction

Case Histories 2014 Volume 4

Introduction

  1. Care Orders refused after children spend years in interim care
  2. Care Orders for children who escaped home
  3. Interim Care Order for 17-day-old baby
  4. Full Care Orders for severely neglected girls
  5. ECO for teenager who reports mother to Gardaí
  6. Cases adjourned when lawyers came off record
  7. Mother told children can return if she deals with drug problem
  8. Care Order for boy accused of sex abuse and robbery
  9. Parents consent to full Care Order until 18 for boy where neither parent wanted responsibility
  10. Supervision Orders to ensure Traveller children attend school
  11. Seven-day Interim Care Order while awaiting legal representation
  12. Care Order granted for baby where mother unable to give instructions
  13. Funding to support travel to access discussed
  14. Supervision Order for baby whose siblings in care
  15. Interim Care Orders sought for young Roma mother and children
  16. Foster parents and child to come to High Court for discussion
  17. Air ambulance to take child with complex needs to specialist unit in UK
  18. Interim Care Order granted while reunification planned
  19. Children to move home in six weeks
  20. Care Order granted for a four year-old girl with developmental delay
  21. Judge urges social worker to accommodate challenges from mother
  22. Interim Care Order for African boy with complex needs
  23. Young people give evidence during reviews of Care Orders
  24. Supervision Order for boy who assaulted mother
  25. Judge appoints solicitor appointed for 16-year-old girl
  26. High Court hears Roma mother may not leave Ireland with her child

Case Histories 2013 Volume 1

Introduction to Case Histories

  1. Supervision Order continued for three months
  2. Family reunited as interim care order discharged
  3. Interim care order renewed for African boy
  4. Supervision order granted for young children
  5. Interim care order granted where mother abusing drugs
  6. Emergency Care Order for three very young children
  7. Interim Care Order refused
  8. 16-year old asks to go into care
  9. Mother distressed over lack of access
  10. Interim Care Order for Roma children
  11. Five placements in three years
  12. Supervision order extended for father’s access visits
  13. Medical tests ordered
  14. Full Care Order Granted
  15. Interim Care Order due to homelessness and addiction problems
  16. Full care orders for children in foster care since infancy
  17. Interim care orders for two young children
  18. Interim Care Order for boy seeking foster home
  19. Emergency care order for children in direct provision centre
  20. Care Order granted for a year
  21. Five supervision orders
  22. Judges insist on legal aid
  23. Unsupervised access to baby sought by parents
  24. Garda interviews with child sought
  25. Extension of order for girls threatened by father
  26. Judge criticises HSE management of case
  27. Judge cannot discuss care plan for 18-year-old

Case Histories 2013 Volume 2

Introduction to Case Histories

  1. High Court asks English courts to take over case
  2. English mother agrees to transfer of case to England
  3. Care orders for three children with special needs
  4. Care order for two young children where sex abuse alleged
  5. Full care orders for four children in rural town
  6. Couple directed to mediation as part of Supervision Order
  7. Child leaves residential centre for foster care
  8. Care Order for teenager discharged
  9. Care Order for child with non-accidental injury
  10. Care Order adjourned to get views of child through GAL
  11. Interim Care Order extended for four African children
  12. Overnight access denied to mother with history of drug abuse
  13. Court can lift in camera rule
  14. Care Order for abandoned African girl
  15. Supervised access for mother of 10-year-old
  16. Full Care order for girl whose mother is alcoholic
  17. Child remains in care despite mother’s objection
  18. Young girl to remain in care because of alcohol addiction and violence
  19. HSE must inform Minister of its failure to comply with regulations
  20. Trafficked girl taken into care
  21. Judge orders speech and language therapy “forthwith”
  22. Mother with mental health difficulties considers adoption
  23. Six-year-old remains in residential unit abroad
  24. Interim Care Order renewed for boy with psychological needs
  25. Supervision Orders for four children
  26. Care Order for 16-year-old adjourned for family therapy
  27. Two young children taken into care without opposition
  28. Full Care Order for African boy
  29. Drug addict’s newborn taken into care
  30. Full care order for abandoned African sisters
  31. Full Care Order granted and SNA ordered while mother undergoes psychotherapy
  32. Full Care Order for only five months while full care plan produced
  33. Two families seek to care for infant
  34. Care Orders for young children of drug user

Case Histories 2013 Volume 3

Introduction to Case Histories

  1. Emergency Care Order refused for African child
  2. Full Care Order for 14-year-old boy
  3. ECO for 8-year-old born and reared in direct provision centre
  4. Children of homeless drug user taken into care
  5. Care order for abused 15-year-old girl
  6. Care Order until 18 refused
  7. Legal Aid Board asked why no legal aid for prisoner father
  8. Consent to Care Order by mother with psychological problems
  9. Parental consent to sport lessons dispensed with
  10. Court lifts in camera rule
  11. ICO not renewed because girl not a minor
  12. Supreme Court upholds sending case to UK
  13. Mother given chance to address problems
  14. Short-term care ordered granted in provincial city
  15. Case adjourned to allow grandparents help with children
  16. Mother in direct provision opposes discharge of Emergency Care Order
  17. Care orders for three psychologically disturbed children
  18. Care Order for homeless and at-risk teenager
  19. Emergency Care Order granted for minor’s child
  20. “Their perception of Mum is fear” – GAL
  21. Interim Care Order following domestic violence
  22. Interim care order extended for young girl in fifth placement
  23. Emergency care order for children left with intoxicated grandmother
  24. Care order for girl whose mother unable to provide basic care
  25. Care Order for four children in care since birth
  26. Full care order for five young children deferred while parents attend course
  27. Emergency Care Order for young children left alone
  28. Supervision Order refused
  29. Care Order for daughter of girl formerly in care
  30. After-care plan for unaccompanied minor not adequate

Case Histories 2013 Volume 4

Introduction to Case Histories

  1. One year Care Order following serious non-accidental injury
  2. Interim Care Order for children beaten by parents
  3. Emergency Care Order for Roma child withdrawn after DNA test
  4. Judge refused to reduce mother’s access to baby
  5. GAL questions “exorcism” with disturbed girl in care
  6. Interim Care Order for girl emotionally abused by grandmother
  7. Children removed again from mother they feared
  8. Interim Care Order granted where child feared mother’s new partner
  9. Pattern of aggressive behaviour and neglect leads of Interim Care Orders
  10. Change of school approved by court
  11. Care Orders for five children granted
  12. Extension of Order for child whose allegations doubted
  13. Judge calls for law change to allow child in care stay at home

Interim Report, Child Care Law Reporting Project by Dr Carol Coulter November 2013