Become a foster carer

We recognise the need for a holistic and therapeutic foster service, where the foster carers and families receive a nurturing, specifically guided and supportive framework to welcome vulnerable children into their homes and grow positively, enjoying the fostering experience.

A black male and a white male origins foster carer holding a baby in a bedroom and smiling.

The support we offer

  1. 24/7 on call social work support
  2. Experienced allocated link worker for all families
  3. Ongoing relevant training
  1. Access to therapeutic supports
  2. Respite
  3. Tailored support packages
  1. Support groups
  2. Fostering family fun days
  3. Newsletter
    IFCA membership & Legal insurance.

Criteria for becoming a foster carer

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    Applicants must be over the age of 25.
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    Prospective foster carers need to have a spare room for a child in their home.
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    You can be a renter or homeowner.
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    Full Driving Licence is required. However, if you live in a city with good transport links there is some flexibility around this. Please get in touch.
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    If in a couple, prospective foster carers must have been in a relationship for at least five years.
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    All prospective foster carers will be required to obtain a medical assessment (covering physical and mental health).  We cannot place a child under five years old or any child who has a disability or a respiratory difficulty in a home where there is someone who smokes cigarettes or e-cigarettes.
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    We ask for a two-year age gap between the carers’ birth child and the child in care. Allowing both the birth child and the child in care to have a clear sense of their position within the family structure reduces any sense of displacement for the birth child.
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    Being at home full time, there is some flexibility with this so please contact us to discuss further.

Most important – you and all members of your house are committed to offering a safe, loving and respectful home to the child in your care.

A child is pointing on a warm summer's evening to something in the distance while two origins foster carers look in that direction.
A female origins foster carer in a comfy grey and tan sweater is reading a child a story while sitting on a couch.

Different types of Foster Care

Our children need a range of different foster placements:
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Short-term foster care
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Long-term foster care
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Respite Care
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Emergency Foster Care

Stages of the assessment process

Every applicant will be required to undergo a thorough assessment and from the initial enquiry in the pre-assessment stage right up to approval,  the team in Origins are here to support you at every stage of your journey.
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Enquiry
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Information Evening
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Screening Visit
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Foundations for Fostering Training Programme
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Application Form
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Assessment
Get in touch

Reach out for any questions and enquiries. A member of our fostering team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thinking about fostering?
Make your enquiry today.
Apply now
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Contact us
087 052 9749
Social Work Placement Referrals
Tel. 01 9079196 / placements@originsfostercare.ie