94% of children in foster care
There are over 330 children in care across a Tusla service area which includes Carlow, it has been revealed.
Clare Daly, TD asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs for the reason that there are substantial variations in the amount of children being placed in foster care across different districts.
Minister Katherine Zappone provided figures on the number of children in foster care in each Tusla area, the total number of children in care in that area and the percentage in foster care.
The data covers the latest period for which data is available, February 2019.
In the Carlow/Kilkenny/South Tipperary service area for the child and family agency the total number of children in care came to 337 - with 94% of those or 317 children - in foster care.
The Minster said: "The number of Court Orders issued in relation to children is a matter for the Court Service and I understand that the Deputy is being supplied with information on the number of Child Care Orders as recorded by the Court Office.
"I can advise the Deputy that a child received into care by Tusla as a result of a legal court order or through voluntary parental consent is placed in foster care or residential care.
"Foster care is the main form of alternative care for children in need of care and protection, and is the preferred option for children who cannot live with their parents or guardians.
"Of the children in care, 92% are in foster care, nationally. Children, depending on their individual need and based on their Care Plan, may be placed in foster care either with relatives or with general foster carers."