At Foster Care Ireland we are a committed team of social workers that will help you every step of the way. Our aim is to provide the best possible foster experience for the child and carer family through professional support and training programmes. We are there for you all day every day with our on call service to support you and the welfare of the child in your care. Out training programme reflects the needs of our foster carers and will help you develop the skills to meet the needs of the children in your care.
Once approved with Foster Care Ireland you will have access to the following:
- A professional fostering social worker who will support and work with you.
- A training programme to enhance your skills and experiences.
- Out of hours support to help you in emergency situations.
- Membership of the Irish Foster Care Association.
- Fostering allowance for each child in placement.
- Foster Carer Support Groups in your area.
Fostering (Link) Social workers
A fostering social worker, is assigned by Foster Care Ireland to provide you with information, advice and support. Tusla – Child and Family Agency social workers and Foster Care Ireland’s (FCI’s) link worker visit the foster carer’s home together to make arrangements for the placement and at that point they draw up a placement plan. FCI’s link worker will meet with you on a regular basis. A record of all contact with foster carers, including the issues discussed, requests for additional support, and the response to these requests is maintained by FCI’s link worker. Foster carers have right to access all records pertaining to them.
In addition, your link social worker will be there to:
- Organise training for you or your family.
- Provide regular supervision and support for you as a foster carer and your children.
- Ensure that you understand, accept and operate within all relevant standards, policies and guidance of the health board.
- Ensure that you receive all relevant information and advice about the children including: background history, health, education, cultural, ethnic, religious, and sexual development issues, vulnerabilities and risks, and information regarding neglect or abuse the child may have suffered.
- Provide you as a foster carer with written information on, and explanations of, procedures should a complaint or allegation be made against you and the supports available in such an event.
- Provide the procedures to be followed should a child go missing from care.
- Ensure that counselling is available to you and your children where a placement breakdown has occurred, or after other critical events.
Once you are approved as a foster carer with FCI you are expected to participate in further training that will equip you with the skills and knowledge to provide high quality care.
- FCI has an annual training programme in place designed to meet the training needs of our carers.
- Training reflects current child care policy and practice, research, inspection findings and best practice
- Where necessary individual foster carers will receive training to match the needs of the child in their care
- The fostering social worker will record all training undertaken
- Foster carer reviews include an appraisal of training needs to inform training programme for the following year.