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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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Children and Family Relationships Heads of Bill 2014

Treoir very much welcomes the Children and Family Relationships Heads of Bill 2014. The Bill, when enacted, will replace the Guardianship of Infants Act 1964 and is therefore a hugely significant and dramatic piece of legislation.  The opportunity of introducing family legislation rarely arises and therefore it is imperative that the new Bill adequately addresses the needs of diverse families in the coming years.  However, there are a number of areas where the legislation could be strengthened and a number of major omissions. Treoir believes it would be a disservice to this groundbreaking piece of legislation if these omissions were not addressed.  Among Treoir's concerns are the following:

-  The Bill discriminates against unmarried fathers who have not cohabited

-  Lack of provision for the establishment of a Central Register for Guardianship Agreements

-  The introduction of an additional form of guardianship

-  Automatic guardianship for parents cohabiting for 12 months

See Treoir's Submission  (December 2014)

See archive for more.

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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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Jobseeker's Transition Arrangement for OFP

Parents who are no longer eligible for One-Parent Family Payment  (OFP) because of the age of their youngest child can benefit from new transition arrangements for Jobseekers Allowance (JA). While JA recipients must be available for and genuinely seeking full-time work, under these new arrangements:

  • Parents moving from OFP to Jobseeker's Allowance Transition do not have to be "available for and genuinely seeking full-time work".
  • Parents can work part-time without restrictions and still receive the JA Transition payment, subject to the Jobseeker's Allowance means test. 

Conditions: 

  • The youngest child of the parent must be under 14 years of age
  • The parent must be continuing to parent alone (i.e. not cohabiting)
  • The parent must satisfy the full Jobseekers Allowance (JA) means test.

Parents will have access to the 'Intreo' activation supports to help them to progress to or to get into employment. 

For more information call us on 1890 252 084 or find more information here.

To contact your local Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Local Office see here

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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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