Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

Support and Allowances

We understand that good support is absolutely vital to ensure that you feel confidant and capable in your role. It is our job to do everything we can to help you. We value the work foster carers do and the contributions they make to young people’s lives. We provide foster carers with a solid support system to enable them to provide a good standard of care for the children they look after.

There are 2 weekly rates of Foster Care Allowance:

  • For children aged 0 – 12yrs            €325.00
  • For children aged 12yrs +              €352.00

This allowance does not effect tax or state benefits. The Child and Family Agency has a policy on the appropriate use of the fostering allowance.

In addition to the foster care allowance other supports includes:

  • Regular home visits and telephone contact from your assigned fostering link worker;
  • Each child in your care has a social worker who visits the child and maintains a link with the child’s birth family;
  • You will be able to apply for child benefit for each child in your care;
  • Support from your public health nurse if you are caring for a pre-school child;
  • A comprehensive training programme pre and post approval;
  • A year’s free membership to the Irish Foster Care Association; and
  • Each child in foster care will have their own medical card.

Following extensive consultation Tusla has introduced a Standardised National Aftercare Allowance for young people who have been in care for 12 months on their 16th birthday or for 12 consecutive months prior to their 18th birthday. This weekly standardised allowance of €300 per week ensures equality for all care leavers engaged in training and education.  

Click here to view the Guidance Document for the Implementation of the Standardised Aftercare Allowance. 

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