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The Law says that when a young person comes into care:
- Tusla MUST make sure you have contact with your parents or other family members, such as a grandparent, aunt or family friend, while you are in foster care or residential care, unless the Judge thinks it is not safe or not in your best interests.
- This contact can be visits, phone calls, letters or emails.
- Tusla or the Judge might decide that contact should be supervised or unsupervised.
- If the contact is supervised, an Access Worker will be there to supervise visits.
- An Access Worker is there to make sure you are kept safe, to support your parents/family and to make sure access is a positive experience.
- Some young people in care do not want to see their birth family. If that is how you feel, you should talk to your Social Worker about this.