Would you foster an unaccompanied child or young person?

The Health and Social Care Trusts are seeking to recruit foster carers who enjoy being with, caring for and are able to support vulnerable children and young people from a range of ethnic, linguistic, religious and cultural backgrounds.

Unaccompanied children from Eastern Europe, the middle East, Africa and Asia arrive into Northern Ireland without a parent or responsible adult. Most of these children, who are mainly teenagers, are separated from their families and are in a new country with different customs and language.

These children have many reasons for entering Northern Ireland including that they are fleeing danger and war, that they have been victims of trafficking or exploitation, or that their parent or carer may have disappeared.

We need to find these children a safe and supportive home environment where they can receive emotional and practical support. We want to help them integrate into local community life where they can make new friends and learn English. We also want to find homes where there is a current, or potential, understanding of their heritage, culture and religion.

Phone our Regional Office on 0800 0720 137 to find out how you can help.

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Click here to view our short video on Vimeo of a local foster carer, Jackie, who has fostered a teenager from Africa.