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Fostering Fortnight 2019 with Fostering First Ireland Celebrates Foster Carers

Fostering Fortnight 2019 celebrates foster carers, from March 4 – 15, including an event in Limerick at Dooradoyle Library on Wednesday, March 6. 

Fostering Fortnight 2019 with Fostering First Ireland Celebrates Foster Carers

Fostering Fortnight 2019 is running from Monday, March 4, until Friday, March 15, 2019. The aim is to promote public awareness of fostering, to celebrate the amazing work that foster carers do and to shine a light on how foster care can change the lives of vulnerable children.

The theme this year is ‘Celebrating Foster Care and Fostering Stories’ to encourage all involved in foster care to tell their story and in doing so help to raise awareness for foster care in Ireland. Everyone involved in foster care has a story to tell, and everyone deserves a chance to tell his or her story and share their experiences.



A spokesperson from the Fostering First Ireland (FFI) spoke about the impact that fostering has on young people’s lives, “Fostering makes a real difference in a child’s life, providing children and young people with a loving home and the support and encouragement they need to flourish.”

There is currently a shortage of foster carers across the country, which is the reason behind Fostering Fortnight 2019. Fostering First Ireland (FFI) wants to hear from potential foster families who are keen to make a difference and provide a safe environment for young people in 2019.  

If you have always had an interest in becoming a foster carer but did not know where to get the right information, Fostering First Ireland is running a large number of information events across the country including at Dooradoyle Library on Wednesday, March 6, from 11 am to 1 pm. At these events, you can meet a Fostering Advisor who will be happy to answer any questions you may have and get all the information you need to start your journey towards making a real difference in the lives of children and young people. There will also be opportunities to speak with a foster carer at most of these events who can tell you how fostering has changed their lives as well as the lives of the children they care for.

Fostering First Ireland (FFI) is an independent fostering agency that recruits, trains, assesses and supports foster carers. FFI’s carers provide high quality, compliant, well matched foster placements to children and young people in the care of the Tusla. FFI was established in May 2005 and since then has gone on to provide foster placements to almost 450 children and young people with over 160 foster carers.

For more information on becoming a foster carer with FFI and a full list of nationwide events, call 01 4171944 or go here

For more stories on FFI, go here.

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.