WELCOME to Health and Social Care (HSC) Adoption & Fostering.

We recruit and support foster carers and adopters across the five HSC Trusts in Northern Ireland. We are committed to providing learning and development opportunities for all our foster carers and adopters.

  • Home on Time

    An innovative concurrent care scheme which aims to speed up the process for young looked after children to return home to their parents, or to be adopted by their carers.

  • STAY Scheme

    STAY Scheme (Supported Temporary Accommodation for Youth) are supported lodgings for young people aged 16-17, who are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless, have been or are in/leaving care.

  • Regional Emergency Social Work Service

    An emergency out of hours Social Work Service for the population of Northern Ireland

  • Drugs & Alcohol NI App

    Free on iTunes & Android app store. Provides resources on theory, practice & legislation related to drugs and alcohol.

More info »Fostering

Fostering provides children / young people who cannot live with their own families with an alternative home where they can feel valued, respected and cared for. Could you foster?

More info »Adoption

Adoption is a legal process which provides children who cannot be brought up by their own parents with a new permanent family. Adopters may or may not have birth children. Could you adopt?

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HSC Adoption & Fostering

Laura & Mark

foster carers

As a family we have gained more from fostering than we ever thought possible.

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HSC Adoption & Fostering

Barry and Nicola


We are thrilled we extended our family and became parents again through adoption.

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