Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

What contact will I have with birth parents?

The main point of contact with birth parents will be at the child’s contact visits with their parents.  These visits usually, although not always, take place in a Child and Family Agency building and foster carers are expected to transport children to and from access visits, and religious and cultural events.

Foster carers will be expected to treat birth parents with respect at all times. Research shows that children in foster care do much better when their foster carers and birth parents can get along reasonably well.

It is very important that foster carers do not express any negative views about birth parents to the children in their care, as we know that this is very hurtful for children in foster care.

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?  

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

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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