Immediate Release: 19/02/16

Where: Ombudsman for Children’s Office, Millennium Walk, Strand Street, Dublin 1.  

When: 19th February 2016 

EPIC and Tusla – The Child and Family Agency will officially launch and celebrate the first National Care Day on the 19th of February 2016.

This is a special day marked to celebrate the positive experiences and lives of children and young people in State Care. A special event will take place at the Ombudsman for Children’s Office in Dublin where a number of young people will present to invited guests.

Director of EPIC, Jennifer Gargan stated:

“Today EPIC and Tusla launches what we hope will be an annual event that continues to grow. Care Day aims to increase public awareness and celebrate the talents and achievements of children and young people in care.

We hope that this event will show the importance of highlighting the many positive experiences young people have in care.”   

Fred McBride, Chief Executive, Tusla stated

“Tusla are pleased to celebrate in partnership with EPIC this first National Care Day in Ireland. It is important for us as an Agency to acknowledge and honour the many  achievements of children and young people in care.”

Care Day will also be celebrated on February 19th in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales as part of a wider campaign to promote a positive care identity for young people across all 5 Nations.


This event can only be attended by invitation only. If you are interested in attended this event, please contact EPIC at (01) 8727661. You can follow and engage in this event by following EPIC on Twitter and using the #CareDay.    

Notes to the Editor

  1. There are currently 6,346 children in State Care. See figures available on Tusla’s website
  2. For further information on this campaign, follow EPIC on Facebook or Twitter @epicireland #CareDay

For all media enquiries or to arrange an interview please contact:

Jennifer Gargan, Director of EPIC
Telephone: 01 8727 661 Mobile: 086 607 3866

Aoife Greene/Sharon Waters  087 6348373

EPIC (formerly IAYPIC) is an independent association that works throughout the Republic of Ireland, with and for children and young people who are currently living in care or who have had an experience of living in care.

Tusla – Child and Family Agency is the dedicated State agency responsible for improving wellbeing and outcomes for children


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