Today marks the start of Tusla’s National Fostering Week which is running from the 21st to the 27th February.
The public awareness and recruitment campaign celebrates the positive impact foster carers have made in the lives of children and young people and seeks to recruit new foster carers. Now in its third year, the campaign focuses on the need to recruit carers for older children in communities across Ireland. A local foster care placement will ensure a young person can maintain connections with their friends, sports, school, and community, and reach their full potential. The transition to foster care can be challenging for any child, but older children and teenagers are at a particularly important time in their development and an increase in foster carers in local areas across Ireland will ensure a young person can maintain these important connections.
Across Ireland 3,984 foster carers currently open their homes to 5,265 children. In 2021, 213 new foster carers joined Tusla and 556 children entered foster care for the first time. Foster carers play a critical role in the child protection system and ultimately a key role in the wellbeing of young people.
To find out more about the campaign or the online information sessions, visit fostering.ie