Advocacy Service for Parents of Children in Care

The Clarecare Advocacy Service provides support for parents whose children are in the care of the Child and Family Agency, Tusla (foster care or residential care) in Co. Clare.

The service aims to support parents to be actively and positively involved in their children’s lives while they are in care.

The advocacy service supports parents whose children are in the care of the Child and Family Agency, Tusla in Co. Clare.

  • We offer one-to-one support and group information sessions.
  • We support parents to prepare for child-in-care meetings and can accompany parents at these meetings.
  • We support parents to put their point of view across and be involved in their child’s care plan.
  • We also link parents into other support services.

Parents who have used the advocacy service have developed a welcome letter to the service based on their experience of using it.

Parents experience of having a child in care :

‘Put Into Words’.

Parents speak about their personal experience of having children in care.
Please click on the following image to watch the video:

How do I access the advocacy service and what are the next steps?

Parents can refer themselves to the advocacy service or a referral can be made on a parent’s behalf with their permission.

To make a referral please download and complete the Referral Form and return to Clarecare Advocacy Service, Clarecare, Harmony Row, Ennis, Co. Clare V95 F8CN or email to
For service enquires phone 065 682 8178 or 065 689 4200.

When we receive the referral you will be contacted by the advocacy worker to discuss the referral and the service we can offer and a plan will be developed together.

Guide for Parents with Children in Care

This guide was compiled by advocacy workers from Clare, Limerick and North Tipperary with valued input from parents who have children in care and from Tusla Child and Family Agency staff.
We have produced this guide for parents so you will have the information you need to support you if your child goes into care.
Please click on one of the following links to read the guide:


Parents and advocacy staff have been involved in the development of resources and research for parents and Tusla staff and professionals working with parents.
Read or download the following resources: