Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

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

Yes, you can. However, this may depend on varying factors which will be discussed during your assessment such as your accommodation, age of your own children, your availability, your parenting experience etc.

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?

Will training be provided?

What does the fostering allowance cover?

Are there any medical conditions which prevent me from fostering?

Would previous convictions prevent someone from fostering?


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