Children and Family Services in Kildare and West Wicklow

Child Health
Area Medical Teams visit schools in the area to give vaccinations like the MMR, Meningitis C, Rubella etc. They also work with Public Health Nurses to check on a child's development from birth onwards, through a series of standard regular checks. Area Medical Officers also play an important role in managing outbreaks of illness like measles or mumps in the area. You can contact the Area Medical Officers, at: (045) 981 800.

Immunisation
Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting your child against certain diseases. Children and young people in Ireland are entitled to certain vaccinations and immunisation services free of charge. These vaccines are provided by your GP, in hospitals, at Health Centres, at home or at school.
For more information on immunisation talk to your GP, Public Health Nurse, call the HSE infor line 1850 24 1850 or visit - www.immunisation.ie  

Social Work
The Social Work team in the Local Health Office is responsible for providing support to children and families in this community. This involves Family Support Services, and care for older people. In cases where children are at risk of harm through abuse, Child Protection Social Workers have an important role in providing care, assessment and follow up to those children and their families, through the Fostering and Child Protection Teams. Tel: (045) 896 120/(045) 882 400

Intercountry Adoption
Intercountry adoption is were a child living outside Ireland is adopted and brought to live in Ireland. People resident in Ireland who wish to adopt abroad are required to have their eligibility and suitability assessed based on the Standardized Framework for Intercountry Adoption Assessment before they travel abroad, if their adoption order is to be recognised under Irish Law.
Contact the Intercountry Adoption Team at Dartmouth House, Kylemore Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10 ,Tel: (01) 620 1100

Fostering
Fostering in Irelandmeans taking care of someone else's child in your own home. Children of all ages need foster care – from birth to late teens. Some children need short-term care; others may need long term care. Some children need to find a home that allows them to stay with their brother or sister. But whatever the circumstances, fostering a child is an incredibly rewarding experience. In an ideal situation, the child placed in foster care will return to his or her own family as soon as this is possible.

Fostering Team 1A South Main St. Naas, Co. Kildare 045-896120
Family Placement Initiative, Cherry Orchard Hospital, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10.Tel 01-6206350


Children and Families' Services
Child and Family Centre, Ballyfermot Road,Ballyfermot, Dublin 10 (01) 626 5676/7511
Department of Child Psychiatry, Tallaght Hospital, Dublin 24 (01) 414 4802
Child and Family Centre, 2 Village Weir, Lucan, Co. Dublin (01) 621 7252
Child and Family Centre, Whitethorn Clinic, Celbridge, Co. Kildare (01) 627 5298/5302
Child and Family Centre, St. James's Hospital, St. James's Street, Dublin 8 (01) 454 3710/3890
Child and Family Centre, Kill, Co. Kildare (045) 877 731
Child Guidance Service, 'The Manse', Woodstock Street, Athy, Co. Kildare (059) 863 2461