Termination of Care

Termination of care occurs in the following situations:

  1. When the child reaches the age of 18.
  2. When parents regain custody of their child where the child was placed in Voluntary Care.
  3. When a court discharges a Care Order.
  4. When a Care Order expires and the court chooses not to renew it.

The removal of a child from all forms of placement can be initiated by either the person with care and custody of the child, or the Child and Family Agency.

It is possible for the Child and Family Agency to continue to help a child after he/she reaches the age of 18, up until he/she is 23, if they remain in education/training. Although the child is no longer in the care of the Child and Family Agency, they can continue to make provisions for the child. This is called ‘after care’.

Click here for further information on after care. 

Family Law Information Research Group

School of Law, Áras na Laoi, University College Cork,