Fostering

There are 2,189 children and young people in foster care in Northern Ireland (31 March 2015). 

The five Trusts have statutory responsibility for the welfare of all Looked After Children (LAC) in Northern Ireland. As such, we are in the best position to place children and young people with foster carers.

We would like to recruit people who are patient, understanding, compassionate and flexible (and with a sense of humour!) and who have time and space in their lives to devote to a child / young person’s needs.

Trusts want to find the right foster home for each child / young person first time round. A shortage of foster carers may result in children / young people living with foster carers outside their local area, having to travel significant distances to school, being far away from their family and friends, and sometimes split from their siblings.

By recruiting a wide pool of foster carers Trusts can place children / young people within their own area with foster carers who best meet their individual needs.

You can apply to foster whether:
- you are married, have a partner or are single
- you have children of your own or not
- you are in employment or are claiming benefits
- you own or rent your home

We welcome enquiries irrespective of your race, religion, language, culture, gender, disability, age, and sexual orientation.

Our foster carers receive financial allowances, ongoing training and 24 hour social work support.

Click on the menu buttons to the left from What is fostering? to Frequently Asked Questions to read our fostering information pack. Alternatively, you can download our pack by clicking on the fostering icon on the right hand side.

Click on the Watch Fostering DVD icon to watch three sections from ‘Could YOU foster?’ DVD on You Tube. You can receive the full DVD by enquiring online or contacting your local Trust.