FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Although there is no set rule against employment it is preferable if one foster carer can be available to the child at all times.
Please call to discuss individual circumstances further.
Yes we welcome enquiries from all people who believe that they have the time and ability to support a foster child.

(In instances) Where applicants are divorced/separated, as a rule we will contact ex partners during the course of the assessment. There will be some exceptions.

All applicants will undergo Garda Vetting therefore it is important to be upfront in relation to any convictions. Whether or not the application will proceed will be dependent on the nature of the conviction and when it occurred.
While you can indicate a preference the reality is that majority of placements that we get referrals for are older children to teenagers (although not exclusively). Therefore we primarily need carers willing to offer support to a wide age range.
During the course of the assessment there will be support and training for applicants which will continue for the duration that carers have foster children placed with them.
Each foster family will also have an allocated link worker, for support and monthly supervision.
Foster carers will be expected to attend mandatory training and there will be extra training available on specific topics for those who wish to attend.
Foster carers will receive a week allowance of €352/child over 12 years and €325/child under 12 years.
All foster children are entitled to a medical card.
Tusla are a Government Agency and Foster Care Ireland is a independent fostering agency. We work in partnership with Tusla who will contact us when they are in need of a placement for a child.
According to research, and evaluation about good practice, poor outcomes for children in care are typically associated with young people who have:

  • Experienced multiple care placements;
  • numerous changes of social worker;
  • unstable and transitory relationships with significant carers;
  • their education severely disrupted;
  • issues that they came into care with not appropriately addressed;
  • insignificant levels of contact with their families;
  • consistently denied age-appropriate opportunities for developing social networks and self-dependency skills;
  • received little preparation for leaving care;
  • been given little or no aftercare support;
  • left care in an unplanned way;
  • not been adequately consulted about arrangements for moving on from care.