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 Children and Family Relationships Bill 

 

Treoir, together with Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, members of the Children's Rights Alliance and others, celebrated the publication of the Children and Family Relationships Bill 2015 at a seminar on the Bill in Dublin Castle on Monday 2nd February 2015.

 “Treoir supports the enactment of this legislation but it is calling for some specific amendments to ensure that inequalities relating to unmarried fathers and their children are finally tackled” Margaret Dromey, CEO Treoir said.  Download Press Release

-  Listen to "A week in politics" discussion on the Children and Family Relationships Bill. Our Chair, Dr. Ruth Barrington, discusses the impact on unmarried dads.
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-  Listen to our CEO Margaret Dromey speaking about the Children and Family Relationships Heads of Bill 2014 and the impact it will have on unmarried families if implemented.  Margaret was interviewed by Dil Wickremasinghe of Newstalk.  Dr. Fergus Ryan, Family Law Lecturer, Maynooth and Colette Brown, columnist Irish Independent were also interviewed.

See Treoir's Submission  (December 2014).

See archive for more.

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Compulsory registration of father’s name on child’s birth cert is now law

Treoir welcomes the recently enacted Civil Registration (Amendment) Act 2014 which, for the first time in Ireland, places a duty on unmarried parents to register the father’s name on the birth certificate of their child.  It is a child’s fundamental human right to have the names of both parents on his/her birth certificate.

Following on this new legislation, if a mother attends without the father to register her child’s birth, the Registrar will ask her for contact details of the father. The Registrar will then make ‘all reasonable efforts’ to contact the father and invite him to attend the Registrar’s Office within 28 days in order to complete the registration.  Only in exceptional cases, where ‘compelling reasons’ are provided, will the father’s name be omitted.

If parents cannot agree a surname for the child, the birth will be registered but no surname will be assigned to the child until agreement is reached.  Read more in Treoir's press release.
See Civil Registration (Amendment) Act 2014

Procedures are being drafted.   We will keep readers informed of commencement date.  

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Changes to One-Parent Family Payment (OFP)

On the 2nd July 2015 entitlement to One-Parent Family Payment (OFP) ends where the youngest child has reached 7 years. 

Approximately 31,850 lone parents in receipt of OFP will no longer be eligible for OFP from July 2015.

Over the coming months the Department of Social Protection will send out letters to parents informing them of what will happen when their payments cease.

      • Parents in receipt of OFP and Family Income Supplement will receive a letter regarding their situation.  See sample letter.
      • Parents in receipt of OFP and half rate Carer’s Allowance will receive a letter regarding their situation. See sample letter.
      • Some parents will be invited to an information seminar where they will be given information about the other social welfare payments that they may qualify for when their OFP payment stops. See sample letter.

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Good news for working lone parents receiving
One-parent Family Payment

6/11/2014
Treoir is delighted that Minister Joan Burton has heeded the calls by many organisations, including Treoir, to maintain the earnings disregard at €90 per week for those on One Parent Family Payment and not to implement the reduction to €60, as was proposed by the Department in a previous Budget. 

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Watch them Grow

Unmarried-cohabitant and Solo parenthood in Ireland

 

At the launch:  Margaret Dromey - CEO, Dr. Owen Corrigan - Author,
Senator Jillian van Turnhout, Dr. Ruth Barrington - Chair

Watch Them Grow,  a significant research study by Dr. Owen Corrigan, commissioned by TREOIR and funded by the HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme has been launched.  The report gives us a greater understanding of the lives of children in different family types. The research was undertaken using the Growing Up in Ireland study data, a major longitudinal study of children which commenced in 2006, and collected information on 11,134 children and their parents in Ireland when the children were nine months and three years.

Download full report here

Download Key Findings

Key Findings 1 : Marital Status, Family Transitions and Solo Parents, including non resident fathers.

Key Findings 2 : Childcare

Key Findings 3 : Parents’s Health and Parenting

Key Findings 4 : Child Health and Wellbeing

Key Findings 5 : Work and Welfare

Key Findings 6 : Crisis Pregnancy

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Assistant CEO and founder member Margot Doherty has retired after 32 years of exemplary service to Treoir. We wish her a joyous retirement filled with fun and happiness. Pictured at her retirement party with Treoir Chairwoman Dr. Ruth Barrington.

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The School and the Family Today 

‘Good Practice Guidelines’

The purpose of this new publication is to provide Home School Liaison Teachers & Schools with a best practice approach on policies regarding children living with parents married and unmarried, children of separated parents, same-sex parents, non-biological parents and children in care. Home School Community Liaison Teacher Ann-Maire Waddock, produced this publication with support form the South Inner City HSCLs, Carol Finlay from Dublin City Council, GLEN, the HSE, other community members and with support and guidance from Margot Doherty of Treoir.

School guidelines

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Changes to After school childcare

Changes have been made to the After–school Child Care (ASCC) programme in the Department of Social Protection (DSP).  Changes have also been made to the Community Employment Childcare programme, which replaces the CE Childcare Education and Training Support (CE CETS).
To find out about eligibility and for further detail of the changes made to both these programmes see here.

 

Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance

See here for update in relation to payment of the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance.

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CLICK HERE to read our top ten tips on the important information you should consider if you are unmarried and about to be parents

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Contact us today with your questions. LoCall 1890 252 084

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We provide a free, confidential, specialist information service for unmarried parents, living together or apart, their extended families and those working with them. 
Information is available on Legal, Social Welfare and Parenting issues.


"Your Information Pack is a fantastic resource - full of helpful and practical information" - Email from service provider, April 2014

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