Tusla – Ireland’s statutory provider of fostering services to children, are looking to attract new foster carers in Donegal during their awareness week.
The National Fostering Week commences today from the 21st to the 27th of February as the campaign focuses on the need to recruit carers for older children in communities across Ireland.
Across Ireland 3,984 foster carers currently open their homes to 5,265 children.
In Donegal, there are currently 208 children in foster care. Foster carers play a critical role in the child protection system and ultimately a key role in the wellbeing of young people.
Speaking at the launch of Tusla National Fostering Week 2022 Kate Duggan, National Director of Services and Integration, Tusla said: “Tusla foster carers provide a safe, secure and stable home environment for the most vulnerable in our society. Right now, there are children and young people in your community who may need a safe place to live.
A local placement will ensure they can maintain connections with their friends, sports, school and community. If you have been considering fostering, we would urge you to have another think about the positive difference you would make in the life of children and young people in your community.”
Marissa Ryan, CEO, Empowering People In Care (EPIC) added: “Every child deserves a loving home. Research from around the world has shown that family settings are the best possible place for children to thrive and achieve their full potential. At EPIC, we see first-hand the hugely positive impact foster-carers have on the children and young people we work with. Foster-carers change lives when they offer children a place to call home.”