Foster homes urgently needed for children aged 7-12

With a rise in the number of children coming into care in Northern Ireland, the five Trusts are urging more caring people to come forward in 2013 to provide vulnerable children with foster homes.

There is particular need for more foster families across the province for children aged seven to 12, both on a short and long term basis.

All children have a right to grow up in safe, secure and caring family where they are nurtured and developed. Fostering provides children who cannot live at home with alternative care where they can benefit from a nurturing home life for as long as they need it.

Orla Devlin, a foster carer for the Southern Trust, who has fostered children aged seven to 12 says: “No two days are the same, some good, some not so good and there is certainly never a dull moment in our house but we wouldn’t have it any other way. Our experiences of fostering have been rewarding and fulfilling and knowing you have made a difference to a child’s life makes it all worthwhile.”

Foster carers may be married, co habiting or single. They may own or rent their home, work or receive benefits, and may or may not have children of their own. There is no upper age limit for foster carers as long as they are healthy and have the energy to care for a child or young person.

Applications will be considered irrespective of sexual orientation or religious / ethnic background.

Foster carers receive financial allowances, ongoing learning and development opportunities, and 24/7 social work support.