Home Again offers a home for children from all backgrounds aged between 12 and 18 in a residential care setting. Our aim is to provide as homely an environment as possible for those who need it and for as long as they need it. When they turn 18 we seek to provide ongoing accommodation where necessary to assist with their transition to adult life.
We try to respond with sensitivity and understanding to this new situation and introduce them gradually to the homes. If they are approaching 18 we work with them to prepare them for life after care.
Home Again works against homelessness by providing residential care for children that is as close as possible to a family home by being welcoming, considerate and attentive to the diverse needs of the children who stay with us. We work with them, their families and communities to bring about positive, healthy and fulfilling experiences that will enrich their lives and help their development.
Home Again was established in 1965 by Fr. Michael Sweetman S.J. to cater for boys who would otherwise be homeless at a very vulnerable age here in Dublin or as often as not on the streets of England.
Our work continues to this day as we enter our 50th year, our half century, in what is now a very different world with some very different problems but with some very familiar ones: drugs and the drug culture have devastated communities and families pushing children to the extremes of vulnerability; ongoing poverty and deprivation have allowed substance abuse to take hold and as often is the case the most vulnerable, the children, are caught in circumstances that can make life in their own homes untenable.
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We work in close conjunction with Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, who refer children to us and who provide monitoring and support. We operate according to the Children First guidance.
Entering care can be a scary and uncertain time in a child’s life and at the very least is a significant change to their everyday lives. We try to respond with sensitivity and understanding to this new situation and introduce them gradually to the homes. If they are approaching 18 we work with them to prepare them for life after care.
Home Again also provides an ‘aftercare’ service for all when they reach eighteen years of age. A designated member of our staff team supports the young person by identifying appropriate accommodation and aftercare supports, both emotional and material. It should be noted that Tusla funds our residential service, while Home Again, thanks to our very generous donors, funds our aftercare service.
We also fund education tuition and psychological assessments, not funded by Tusla.