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Agency said it is seeking a panel of carers from "different family, cultural, religious, social and linguistic backgrounds"

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Refugee children in Ankara, Turkey, are looking for a home

Refugee children in Ankara, Turkey, are looking for a home

Refugee children in Ankara, Turkey, are looking for a home

Tusla is recruiting carers in Ireland to look after refugee children separated from their families and in need of international protection.

The Child and Family Agency has launched a new awareness and recruitment campaign to identify carers for children - typically teenagers - from locations including Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Asia.

The Tusla Separated Children Seeking International Protection campaign will be operating from today until the end of this week.

Tusla said it is seeking a panel of carers from "different family, cultural, religious, social and linguistic backgrounds to reflect the diversity of unaccompanied minors coming into care in the State".

As part of an EU project, Ireland welcomed 36 unaccompanied minors from Greece.

Eight young people arrived here in June 2020, while another 13 were brought to Ireland in July this year.

Tusla is in the process of receiving another 15 children, who will arrive this month.

Other children also present at Irish borders alone and are not part of any international refugee programme.

Children's Minister Roderic O'Gorman said: "Irish carers can play an extremely important role in providing a home for refugee children coming in to Ireland who have been separated from their parents and families.

"Ireland acts as a safe haven for these most vulnerable of people, and that refuge is first and foremost built around a caring and supportive home environment.

"These children need a welcoming place of safety and protection, and so we are asking people to consider becoming carers.

"I fully support Tusla in this campaign to attract carers from a variety of backgrounds who can meet the needs of these children."

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Members of the public interested in caring for a child can visit fostering.ie, call freephone 1800 226 771 or email tusla.fostering@tusla.ie.

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