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NEW LEGISLATION - NOT YET COMMENCED!

Please note: The Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 and the Civil Registration (Amendment) Act 2014, when commenced, will introduce many significant changes impacting on unmarried parents and their children.

All our information is being updated and will be published as soon as the legislation is commenced, most likely in the Autumn.

Watch this space and Follow us on Facebook to be kept up to date on developments. 

(Updated 13/8/2015)

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The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance


05/08/2015
Automatic payments of the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance were issued in the week ending Friday 17th July 2015.  The payments are €100 for each eligible child aged 4 to 11 and €200 for those 12 to 22, but adult children must be in second-level education to qualify.  If you have not received this payment and think you may be eligible you can still apply!  Check out the qualifying conditions here

Application forms are available in social welfare offices and Intreo centres, or on request by texting ‘Form BTSCFA’, name, and address to 51909; emailing bscfa@welfare.ie; or phoning 1890 66 22 44 or 071 9193302

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Adoption (Identity and Information) Bill 2014

The Adoption (Identity and Information) Bill will give adopted people a legal right to information about their birth parents. Article 8 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states that parties undertake to respect the right of the child to (preserve) his/her identity. The new Adoption Bill if enacted will go a long way toward ensuring that the rights of adopted children are respected in this way.

Read Adoption (Identity and Information) Bil 2014
Read Explantory Memorandum

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Pre-Budget Submission 2016

While piecemeal reform and tweaking of the social welfare system may benefit certain categories of lone parent families, it does little to raise all lone parent families out of poverty in a long term sustained way. For this reason, at this stage of economic recovery, Treoir urges the Department of Social Protection to work with other departments to invest in services that would benefit all sections of the community. Treoir believes this would be a more just and equitable approach rather than tax relief and other concessions to higher earners which will only serve to widen the gap between rich and poor.  These investments should concentrate primarily on housing, childcare and the infrastructure and supports surrounding the activation programme for parents on Jobseekers Transitional payment.  
Read Treoir's Pre-Budget Submission 

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TREOIR's Information Pack 2015 is now available online and can be sent out on request.  As a result of new legislation, the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 and the Civil Registration (Amendment) Act 2014, there will be many changes to the legal content of this Pack.  To-date none of these changes have taken effect.  To keep up-to-date with expected changes see www.treoir.ie, follow us on Facebook or contact the Treoir Information Service on 01-6700120.   

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Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 

 The Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 was signed into law by President Michael D. Higgins on the 6th of April 2015.  We now await the commencement of this legislation. 

  • Watch here for regular updates!!

UPDATE - 20/5/2015

The Government is preparing to activate parts of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015.  The Act was signed into law by President Michael D Higgins in April but its provision will not come into force until formal commencement orders are signed. Some parts of the legislation will not be activated for at least a year.  Three departments – Justice, Children and Foreign Affairs – must sign separate commencement orders for the Children and Family Relationships Act to come into force. A spokesman for the Department of Justice, which is responsible for most sections of the legislation, said it was “proceeding with preparations” for the commencement of those parts but could not say when it would be done. The spokesman said the department was already in discussions with the Courts Service on the rules of court that would be needed to activate the provisions on guardianship, custody, access and maintenance.   (Irish Times 20/5/2015)

 

See 'News Archive' for more information on the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015

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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.
      • 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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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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