Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

What does the fostering allowance cover?

The fostering allowance is provided in order to allow foster carers meet all of the child’s daily living needs e.g. food, clothing, school uniform, school books, extra-curricular activities, school trips, pocket money (depending on the age of the child), and treats such as toys/games/holidays.

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?

Are there any medical conditions which prevent me from fostering?

Would previous convictions prevent someone from fostering?


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