Foster journal


The Irish Foster Care Association’s journal, ‘Foster’, aims to inform IFCA members and a wider readership of those with an involvement in foster care of current issues in foster care and of developments in policy, practice, and research. Through ‘Foster’, IFCA seeks to make an important contribution to the world of fostering by helping to stimulate debate, discussion and development in the field.

Journal details

We publish two issues of ‘Foster’ annually.

ISSN Print edition: 2009-8790
ISSN Online edition: 2009-8804


How can I get a copy?

IFCA Members

Members of IFCA receive each issue by post and can also view a PDF of each issue using the IFCA membership password here.

IFCA Non-Members

By subscribing you will receive two issues per calendar year by post and can also view a PDF of each issue.

Non-members’ individual 1 year subscription to Foster available here

Non-members’ institutional 1 year subscription to Foster available here

Buy a current or back issue of Foster here


Foster Subscription Information

The Foster subscription period runs from January to December. If you subscribe to Foster later in the year, you will be sent both issues for that year.

Please note you will NOT be automatically billed at the end of your subscription for the following year. You will receive a reminder email with an option to renew your subscription.

Please note that people paying by credit / debit card will be charged in euros and the exchange rate will be that set by their credit card provider.