Ó Caoláin pays tribute to foster parents
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Children, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, who is today attending the Irish Foster Care Association launch of the annual ‘Focus on Fostering Week’ in Dublin’s Mansion House, has paid tribute to the thousands of people who foster children and rejected what he described as the “disgraceful remarks” of columnist John Waters who accused foster parents of being motivated by money.
Deputy Ó Caoláin said;
“Thousands of people in Ireland foster children and provide loving family care to them. Nearly one third of these are relatives of the children concerned. Foster parents deserve every possible support and are to be highly commended for their efforts. Focus on Fostering Week aims to promote fostering and increase public awareness of this cornerstone of our care system.
“I take this opportunity to deplore the disgraceful remarks of columnist John Waters who has accused foster parents of being motivated by money. This was in the context of the Children’s Referendum and is another of the false accusations and scare stories being spread by some in the ‘No’ campaign. John Waters should withdraw his remarks and apologise to foster parents.
“While today’s event is not connected to the Children’s Referendum it is worth noting that one of the beneficial outcomes of a ‘Yes’ vote would be to allow many children currently in foster care to be adopted by their foster parents, removing the current anomalous legal barriers to the adoption of children whose parents are married.”