Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

Foster Care


Here you'll find everything you need to know about becoming a foster carer in Ireland - from deciding whether it's right for you, through to making an online enquiry.

Do you want to be a foster carer? Have you ever thought about opening up your home and your heart to a foster child? We are seeking new foster carers to give children and young people a safe and caring home.  From time to time we run campaigns for individual children and young people and you can find out more about current campaigns below

For more information please select an option below

Becoming a foster carer

Fostering is caring for someone else’s child in your own home, providing family life for a child or young person, who for one reason or another cannot live with his or her own parents. Click here to find out more.

Can I foster?

Foster carers are a diverse group of people who come from all walks of life. Click here to find out more.

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. Click here to find out more.

I'm interested what happens now?

If you are interested in becoming a foster carer, your first step is to contact the Child and Family Agency.  Click here for contact details and information on how to process works.

Videos and Media

Our videos and media clips offer first-hand accounts of fostering from parents, children and a social worker. It's a great chance to find out the inside story on fostering. Click here to view.

Questions and Answers

Frequently asked questions in relation to foster care.  Click here to view.

Legislation, Regulation and Standards

Links to the relevant Legislation, Regulations and Standards which govern foster care.

Website Links

Click here to access useful websites in relation to foster care.

Get in Touch

Click here to find a phone number for your local fostering team.

Specific Campaigns

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