Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency


Children between the age of 10 and 17 in your area are looking for support, care and safety.

Fostering an older child could be the perfect fit for you. To learn more about fostering, and hear about fostering experiences from real foster carers, sign up for our next online information session below. If you would like to talk to someone from the fostering team, click here 


The information session will explore with you:

  • What do I need to become a foster carer?
  • What is it like to foster an older child?
  • What happens during Assessments and Training?
  • How your skills can be developed if you decide to foster.

The information session will also provide you with a unique opportunity to ask experienced foster carers anything you want to know about the foster care journey.

There are so many rewards to fostering, but here are just some of the reasons to consider fostering an older child:

  Older children are often aware of what hasn’t been right in their homes or lives and they can struggle with trying to make sense of what is happening. Being able to be there for an older child; to listen to their feelings and offer them a place to feel safe and secure is something so special.

  The preteen and teenage years can be daunting for a child, but they are also a really exciting time when children start on their journey towards adulthood. We all needed that solid and stable person to guide us through those big life changes. You can help children negotiate those new beginnings such as secondary school; getting a part-time job and applying to college.


  You may be at a point in your life where you feel you have something to offer to a child who needs a safe and secure home. An older child can be more independent, can communicate more clearly, and a child who is in school may offer you more flexibility in terms of your work.


  Tusla foster carers receive a package of support that is comprehensive and designed to help you in all aspects of fostering. You will have a social worker to guide and assist you with every step, access to support groups and on-going training; a 24-hour support line should you need it and the financial support of a fostering allowance along with other benefits.

If fostering an older child sounds like it could it could be a good fit for your life, join us at our next information session, where you’ll hear from real foster carers about their journey with Tusla fostering.


For further information on fostering, including information on who can foster, supports available, and to hear from young people who have been in foster care and foster carers themselves, visit fostering.ie 

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