350 enquiries from members of the public interested in becoming foster carers received by Tusla following first ever National Fostering Week
The Minister for Children and Youth affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone TD, has welcomed the success of Tusla’s first ever National Fostering Week. On foot of the event Tusla has received 350 enquiries from members of the public interested in becoming foster carers and the level of interest continues to this day.
During fostering week, in mid-October, Tusla hosted events nationwide to introduce people to the diverse nature of fostering and to share real-life stories of foster carers and foster children.
Currently there are 4,254 foster carers in the Republic of Ireland
In a recent HIQA inspection of foster care in Dublin North, children told inspectors that they liked helping on the farm, their pony and dog and that the food was amazing. They said they liked their friends and contact with their family with one child saying they would like to see their Mam more.
“Everything – I feel secure and loved in my foster home”.
“I feel very lucky to be part of this family … I wouldn’t change anything about my life and I have freedom.”
“I like that I can hang out with my friends. I play all sports.”
Minister Zappone said: “It was inspiring to hear the real stories of how fostering works for vulnerable children and to hear about the very varied backgrounds of foster carers. I was reassured by findings in a recent HIQA inspection of foster care in Dublin North, where the comments made by the children showed how ordinary events in foster care made an extraordinary difference to the lives of the children.”
Currently there are 4,254 foster carers in the Republic of Ireland. Foster carers are supported by social workers including a new out of hours phone support services, are entitled to insurance cover and receive an allowance for their caring work.