Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

Are there any medical conditions which prevent me from fostering?

Any significant health issues which may impact upon your ability to provide safe and stable care for a child may preclude you from fostering a child.  However, there will be instances in which approval will be possible.  The primary concern will be the impact, if any, of any condition upon a child in your care.

It is advised that, at the initial stages of application, you discuss your particular situation with a fostering social worker who will advise you on the best course of action.

Do I need a spare room?

Can I work and foster at the same time?

What will I know about the child before they are placed in my care?  

What if I can’t manage a child’s behaviour?

Can I choose the type of fostering I want to do, such as age group, gender, short stay or long term?  

What contact will I have with birth parents?

Can I choose the age group or gender of child I wish to foster?

Will training be provided?

What does the fostering allowance cover?

Would previous convictions prevent someone from fostering?


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