What support will I receive?
FFI’s approach to foster carer support is based upon the belief that 'everybody is responsible for the child, and for the foster carer.'
We therefore introduce a small team of professionals to work closely with and provide support to foster carers children and young people in care.
This may come in the form of therapeutic support, educational support, or other forms of general foster carer support and assistance that benefits our foster carers and children and young people in care.
We believe that we can continually learn from each other and, by keeping teams small, we can develop strong relationships, build trust, and find imaginative and creative responses to the needs of the children and young people in care through a wider fostering support network.
Supporting FFI foster carers
We provide the following support services to our foster carers:
- FFI Support worker - 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year
- FFI Social Worker - frequent visits and regular telephone contact from an experienced FFI Link Social Worker
- Respite - up to 10 nights paid respite per year
- Financial support - foster care financial support packages that value the skills of the foster carer
- Education Liaison Officer - supporting foster carers in negotiating with schools and promoting the child’s educational needs
- A detailed carer handbook that contains all the information you need to provide safe, compliant foster care to a child or young person
- Therapist - available for consultation with carers and who provide specialist training
- Regular support group meetings involving other foster carers to share their experiences and knowledge
- A comprehensive foster carer training programme
- Organised activities - for the foster carer, their family and the children and young people
- Membership of the Irish Foster Care Association
Shortage Of Carers
Foster carers needed for older children & young people - FFI needs more foster carers for children and young people aged 10-18 across Ireland...
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