At Foster Care Ireland, We believe that continuous and carefully selected training programs lead to longterm successful placements. We will invest in our staff team’s education and training. We will also invest in our parents, providing up-to-date professional training.
A diverse range of foster families are needed to support and care for children and young people in Ireland. At Foster Care Ireland we have a dedicated and committed team of social workers to support you every step of the way. We have access to specialist team of support workers and therapists and will provide an individual wrap around package to support the child in your care and help you with the necessary skills to meet their needs.
Becoming a foster carer is a big decision. It will impact on your life, you family’s life, and the young person in your care. To help you manage this process, Foster Care Ireland will develop a Support Plan that is specific to your family’s needs and the child in your care.
One of the best ways to understand what is involved in becoming a foster carer is by talking to families that are going through the process themselves. That is why we run “The Foundation for Foster” training course. This will allow you to develop a better understanding of the challenges of fostering, meet with other prospective carers, share experiences, and learn more about foster care.
In addition, once approved with Foster Care Ireland you will have access to the following support;
Training courses are also available depending on the need of you, your family, or the child in your care. These include, but are not limited to:
Some links to articles:
The Irish Independent, 26 April 2016, ‘What’s it like to open your home to a foster child?’: http://www.independent.ie/storyplus/whats-it-like-to-open-your-home-to-a-foster-child-34660856.html
The Irish Times, 28 April 2015, Fostering: ‘Hard work, heartache and the highest of highs’: http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/parenting/fostering-hard-work-heartache-and-the-highest-of-highs-1.2182325
The Journal, 11 November 2014, Opinion: ‘I used to think foster parents were very special people. I now know they are very ordinary people.’: http://www.thejournal.ie/readme/foster-care-ireland-1772644-Nov2014/
The Independent, 21 February 2016, ‘Foster parent explains why the benefits of care work both ways’: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/foster-care-parent-explains-benefits-of-fostering-work-both-ways-a6887736.html