Some explanations of the most common words and phrases that people use when they talk about fostering.More info
In Ireland, there are currently over 6,000 children and young people in state care and almost 90% of these are living with foster carers. There are all sorts of reasons why children need foster care. Sometimes it is because of a family illness, relationship problems, family breakdown or a situation where their welfare is threatened. Many children will have experienced neglect and physical, emotional or sexual abuse. All will have faced loss and separation from their birth family.
Their life experiences may cause children and young people in care to express their feelings in a number of different ways. Some may display outbursts and others may find it difficult to build trusting relationships with adults. These children need a safe home for a while or, in some cases, until they are old enough to live independently. Growing up in care is not easy, but our foster carers are there to help these children when they need it the most. We provide foster carers with a comprehensive range of support to enable them to meet the needs of children placed in their care.