Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency



Tusla foster carers all around Ireland have positively transformed the lives of vulnerable children and young people, by helping to provide a safe and loving home environment, where they can grow, flourish and reach the best of their potential.

You could be raising amazing by providing a child or young person with the ordinary things in life.  You don’t have to be perfect to be a perfect foster carer.  What you must have is a strong desire to provide a child with nurturing environment in which they can develop. In return, you will gain the satisfaction from helping a child to reach their potential in life, and doing so, creating a long-lasting legacy of change.


  • Foster carers from a diverse range of backgrounds.
  • We are seeking foster carers just like you to provide a safe and stable environment to a child in need.
  • We require foster carers to assist us with short-term, emergency, longer term and respite fostering around Ireland, especially in the greater Dublin area, and in large urban environments.
  • In particular, we are seeking relatives of children in need of a home, to consider fostering as an option.

Tusla is the only organisation that provides a statutory fostering service to the public.

Across Ireland some 4,124 Tusla foster carers open their homes to 5,450 children.

Tusla owe our foster carers in each county a big debt of gratitude. Our foster carers are invisible heroes.

We are celebrating them during Tusla National Fostering Week for the transformative, enriching and empowering work they do.

But don’t take our word for it, children in their care have told of the invaluable influence that Tusla foster carers have had on their lives:







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