Practical Considerations

Practical criteria to consider:

  • Do you have a spare bedroom that is available for the exclusive use of foster children on the same level of the house as their foster carers?
  • Are you over 25 years of age?
  • When matching carers and children we strive to ensure that there is no more than a forty-year age gap between prospective carers age the age of children being placed.
  • Is your youngest child in the family/foster family of primary school age or older?
  • Are you planning to start a family of your own or do you intend on having another child?
  • Can you provide a smoke free environment in your home and car?
  • Is at least one of the carers available and at home at any one time? A couple should ensure that where both remain in work one of them will be available full time to care for a foster child.
  • Do you have a driving licence?
  • Is your home safe and suitable for foster children?
  • Is your family financially secure?
  • Do you host students? Applications cannot be accepted from enquirers who host students.
  • Do you mind children in your home? Applications cannot be accepted from enquirers who child-mind in their own home.
  • Do you run a business from your own home? If you run a business from your own home, you must have a separate entrance for the business that prevents customers from entering your home or having access to a foster child. 

Other checks that need to be made in the assessment process:

  • Garda vetting for applicants and everyone over 16 years in the household.
  • Health Assessment for applicants.
  • Area checks with TUSLA Child & Family Agencies in each area where applicants have lived.
  • Checks in respect of applicants own children e.g. schools, crèches, and public health nurses.
  • Two referees who are willing to provide written references and be interviewed by the assessing social worker.
  • Interviews with the applicant’s children, including those who live elsewhere or independently.
  • Where applicants have jointly parented children with previous partners, these partners will also be contacted and their views sought as to the applicant’s suitability to foster.
  • A Health & Safety audit of the applicant’s home.
  • Checks with employers where applicants have had contact with children or vulnerable adults.