Child Care (Amendment) Act 2011

8.

Amendment of section 18 of Principal Act.

8.— Section 18 (as amended by the Act of 2004) of the Principal Act is amended by inserting the following subsections after subsection (8):

“(9) Where a care order—

( a) has been made in respect of a child and—

(i) during the period for which the care order has effect a special care order or an interim special care order is made in respect of the child, and

(ii) the care order ceases to have effect during the period for which the special care order or interim special care order has effect,

or

( b) has not been made in respect of a child and a special care order or an interim special care order has been made in respect of that child,

the Health Service Executive may apply for a care order in respect of that child during the period for which the special care order or interim special care order has effect.

(10) Where the District Court makes a care order, pursuant to the application referred to in subsection (9), during the period for which the special care order or interim special care order has effect, it shall direct that the care order shall take effect immediately following the expiration of the special care order or, as the case may be, interim special care order.”.