Children and Family Services in Louth

Social Work and Child Protection Services can be contacted through your Local Health Office.


Adoption Services.
St. Mary's Hospital, Dublin Rd., Drogheda, Co. Louth, Tel: (041) 983 296

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.

HSE Fostering Team, Wilton House, Stapleton Place, Dundalk Co Louth. Tel 042 9392220

Louth Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services
Dublin Road, Drogheda, Tel: 041-9832963

Louth Child Care Services
Dublin Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth, Tel: (042) 938 5457

Child Protection and Fostering Department
Wilton House Stapleton Place, Dundalk, Tel: (042) 939 2200
Ballsgrove Health Centre, Ballsgrove, Drogheda, Co. Louth Tel: (041) 98 38574

Regional Residential Child Care Manager
20 Chord Road, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Tel: (041) 984 1309

Child & Family Centre
St. Mary's Hospital, Dublin Rd., Drogheda, Co. Louth, Tel: (041) 989300
Ballsgrove Health Centre, Ballsgrove, Drogheda, Co. Louth Tel: (041) 98 38574

Family Support Services aim to promote the welfare of children in their own homes and communities. It seeks to enhance the morale, supports and skills of families including children with special needs, vulnerable children and their parents.

Louth Health Office provides a number of family support services directly:

1. The Teen Parent Support Programme provides an additional range of support services for teenage parents to maximise their potential and reduce the risk
of poverty, isolation and social exclusion. For more information please contact the Programme Leader at (041) 987 5295.

2. The Muirhevnamor Springboard Initiative aims to provide an integrated and co-ordinated response to the needs of families within Muirhevnamor with
particular focus on the development and well being of children. For more information please contact the Project Manager at (042) 935 1680.

3. The Family Support and Child Welfare Service Team aim to provide a quality service to families with children by working in partnership with families who
need support to help them through the ups and downs of life. For more information please contact the Team Leader at (041) 987 5294.

Family Support Services Manager at (041) 987 5297.

Social Work
The Social Work team in the Louth Local Health Office is responsible for providing support to children and families in this community. In cases where children are at risk of harm through abuse/neglect, Child Protection and Welfare Social Workers have an important role in providing care, assessment and follow up tothose children and their families, through the Fostering, Children in Care and Family Support Services.
Dundalk (042) 939 2200,
Ballsgrove Health Centre, Drogheda: (041) 983 8574,
Child & Family Centre, Dublin Road, Drogheda. Tel: (041) 983 2963

Childrens Residential Service
The HSE is responsible for children who, for a variety of reasons, cannot live at home with their families. Most children looked after by the HSE live in family based care arrangements, but others require a degree of structure and care that can only be provided in a residential care setting. Residential care takes many forms, ranging from low support hostel style facilities to Special Care centres, where children have a high degree of supervision.

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 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. The Principle Area Medical Officer is based in Haymarket Health Centre, Drogheda. Tel: (041) 983 8605

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 -  

Psychology Service
The aim of the Psychology Services is to promote the psychological well being of children and families. These services provide appropriate assessment and therapy to children, adolescents and their families who present with a broad range of emotional and behavioural problems.

Dundalk Local Health Office Tel: (042) 6820000
Haymarket, Drogheda Tel: (041) 983 8605

Childminder Advisory Officer Service

Childminder Advisory Officer’s role:

  • To provide a free support system for Childminders caring for 3 or fewer pre-school children.
  • To promote voluntary notification of Childminders
  • To provide advisory visits to Childminders homes.
  • To provide information and training for Childminders
  • To facilitate the establishment of local networks of such Childminders
  • To provide Childminder Vacancy list for parents

Click here for more information on the Childminder Advisory Service

Regional Adoption Service North East - Cavan, Monaghan, Meath & Louth

Adoption Services for Cavan, Monaghan, Meath and Louth are based in the Regional Child & Family Centre, St Mary’s Hospital, Dublin Road, Drogheda, Co Louth. Contact 041 989300.

Services are provided free of charge by a team of Professionally Qualified Social Workers

Pregnancy Counselling:
If you are pregnant and considering adoption there are several Adoption Societies located around the country. The Adoption Agency Social Worker is there to help you work out what is best for you and your baby.  The Social Worker will help you look at both the option of keeping your child or placing him/her for adoption. Considering Adoption does not mean you are committing yourself to an adoption decision.

There may also be a Social Worker available at the hospital you are attending.  It will be helpful for you to link in with the hospital Social Worker as soon as possible in your pregnancy so that you can be supported and provided with information and link to Services and Adoption Agencies.  The Social Worker can also facilitate arrangements for your care in the hospital.

Services for Irish & Intercountry Adoption:

Monthly Information Meeting on all aspects of adoption.
Full Preparation & Assessment Service for Irish and Inter Country Adoption.
One day  Forum for second time applicants for Intercountry & Domestic Adoption.
A Placement Service for Irish children available for adoption.
Marte Meo Therapeutic support is provided by Social Workers where challenges have arisen for children and when it is requested by parents.A yearly workshop is provided for adoptive parents on the topic of talking to their child about adoption.  This workshop is entitled “Conversations about Adoption”.

For Intercountry adopters written post placement reports are provided to your child’s country of origin.

Information & Tracing Service

Records held by the Regional Adoption Service – (North East) include the following.
Adoption files transferred from St Clare’s Adoption Society, Stamullen, Co Meath.      
Records transferred from the Mother & Baby Home, Ard Mhuire, Dunboyne, Co Meath.
Closed fostering files from Louth, Meath, Cavan, Monaghan Community Care areas.

How to Apply for an Information & Tracing Service

If you are a natural/birth mother you should write to the Principal Social Worker at the above address with proof of identity.You will be given an appointment to meet a Social Worker who will provide support and counselling during the search for your adopted child.

If you are an adopted adult you should write in, with proof of identity to the Principal Social Worker. You will be provided with the non identifying information available on your file. If you wish to trace your natural family, you will be invited to attend a “Preparation for Search” group meeting prior to a search being undertaken. Research, counselling, and support will be provided by qualified and experienced Social Work staff throughout your tracing process.                  

If you are an adult who was fostered you should write to the Principal Social Worker at the above address with proof of identity. You will be given an appointment to meet a Social Worker who will provide support and counselling during the search for your family of origin.

If you are a natural father or sibling you should write with proof of identity to the Principal Social Worker. Your enquiry will be dealt with on an individual basis.

Contact us 

Principal Social Worker
Child & Family Centre
St Mary’s Hospital
Dublin Road
Co Louth.

Tel no                041 9832963
Fax No               041 9833067

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