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Our blog is designed to give more insight into fostering, taking into account the views of foster carers, social workers and young people.


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The importance of fostering young refugees

The impact that a calm, welcoming foster home can make on a young refugee is immeasurable. In the face of the trauma they have experienced and the challenges of being transplanted in a different country, a home that allows them to integrate at their own speed, make friends and learn the language, while also nourishing their roots, will have a hugely positive impact.
Why should you consider becoming a foster carer? However you’ve found your way to this article, whether you’ve been quietly considering foster care for a while, whether you were inspired by an advert or personal referral, or whether you were fostered yourself as a child and know the difference it can make. Whatever the catalyst to start you thinking about foster care, thank you. Every consideration is as meaningful as the next.
Fostering a child with disabilities As the numbers of children in the Foster Care system climbs, so does the number of children with disabilities and complex needs. Matching each of these children with the best possible foster homes can bring its own challenges. Each and every child deserves love and care, a safe and secure home, and access to medication and support when needed. It is our goal to ensure that each child receives this regardless of their abilities or disabilities.

Fostering teenagers: The reality and reward

This blog covers why you should consider fostering teenagers. The greatest need in Northern Ireland today for foster carers is for teens aged 12-17. Read this blog to find out more about why teenagers may be challenging but also, what are the rewards to outweigh this?
What makes a good foster carer?


This blog covers who can be a foster carer and some of the key characteristics that a foster carer should possess. Read this blog to find out more about being a foster carer and explore if you could provide a safe and stable home to some of Northern Ireland’s more vulnerable young people.
The importance of maintaining sibling relationships in foster care This blog covers why you should consider fostering siblings. Read this blog to find out more about the importance of keeping siblings living together and the long term benefits this can have on the young people.
How do I become a foster carer? You have decided you’d like to start the process of becoming a foster carer. But what is the process? Read the blog to find out more about how to become a foster carer.
The vital role of men in foster care The success of the Foster Care system relies on a community of essential individuals. Both men and women. Men participate as foster carers jointly with their partner, as single carers, and as carers in same sex relationships. Click the title to read more about why men are important in foster care.
Why does Northern Ireland need foster carers? There are currently around 3,500 children and young people in care in Northern Ireland today. Over 80% of these are cared for by foster carers. Why does NI need more foster carers?
What support is there for foster carers? Supporting our foster carers throughout their experience is an absolute priority. Read this blog to find out more about the support that we will provide all of our foster carers.
Fostering in the LGBT+ community Many myths surround what being a ‘traditional foster carer’ means. Being part of the LGBT+ community will not impact your application to becoming a foster carer.
Foster care myths debunked We all have preconceived ideas of what being a foster carer means. Who is suited to being a foster carer? What qualifications might you need? What type of house must you live in? There are many misunderstandings around the Foster Care system and we address some of them in this blog.