The Child Welfare (Amendment) Act 1961 (15/1961) was 'an Act to make further provision with respect to the admission of certain children to State control; for this purpose to amend the Child Welfare Act, 1939-1960'. It was a brief administrative Act that allowed children who were not being maintained in institutions by their relatives to be made state wards, and the person in charge of the charitable depot, home or hostel where they were living to be deemed to be the child's foster parent. This was the law that made it possible for people to become state wards without being moved from a Home or made aware of it. This Act was Amended by the Child Welfare (Further Amendment) Act 1961. It was repealed by the Miscellaneous Acts (Community Welfare) Repeal and Amendment Act 1987.
Prepared by: Liam Hogan and Naomi Parry
Created: 10 March 2014, Last modified: 10 June 2021