Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

Can I foster?

Foster carers are a diverse group of people who come from all walks of life.

Foster carers can be:

  • Couples – married, co-habiting, same gender
  • Single people – widowed, separated, divorced
  • People with disabilities – provided your disability or medical condition does not prevent you from caring for a child
  • People with or without children
  • People who own their own homes, are in private rented accommodation or local authority housing
  • Employed / Unemployed people
  • People from different cultures, ethnic or religious backgrounds – having carers from different cultures allows us to match children and young people with suitable families

However in all cases, it is vital that:

  • You can provide a stable, nurturing and loving environment for children
  • You relate well to and have respect for children
  • You do not have a Garda record for violence, offences against children or other serious offences
  • You can demonstrate flexibility, openness and patience
  • You are willing to attend training courses to support your ongoing learning and skills base.

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