Opinion: Foster care is in trouble in Ireland and its privatisation is not the answer

Patrick Costello - TheJournal.ie

"There has been slow but consistent growth in private foster care placements and an increase in the number of companies in this market," writes Patrick Costello in this opinion piece for TheJournal.ie. "While these companies plug a gap in services, a gap that can leave children at risk, ultimately they lead to negative outcomes across the system," Costello argues. "This is not a reflection on the excellent work done by foster families with private services, but a consequence of systemic issues."