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Fostering Fortnight 2019

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Welcome to Fostering Fortnight 4th - 15th March 2019

Fostering Fortnight is the annual awareness campaign run by the Irish Foster Care Association.  We aim to bring awareness to fostering in Ireland and all the valuable work being carried out every day in our fostering families and fostering communities.  Foster Care is the backbone of the Irish care system and we need to recognise and celebrate all who are involved in foster care in Ireland.  Fostering Fortnight is a chance for all those involved and the communities that support them to tell their stories and share their experiences.

Fostering Stories – What Is Your Story?

The answer to this question can take a million different forms, and the story you provide will be different depending on who is asking, your mood at the time, and whether you feel like you are still at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of your most salient story.

We use stories constantly – to inform, to connect with others, to share our feelings and experiences, and even to sort out our own thoughts and feelings. Stories are used to organise our thoughts, find meaning and purpose, and establish our sense of identity in what can often be a busy and confusing world.

We chose the theme ‘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.  We believe everyone has a story to tell, and everyone deserves a chance to tell his or her story and share their experiences.

How To Get Involved?

We are asking everyone to get involved this year by coming together and sharing your fostering stories.  We will be hosting coffee mornings across Ireland offering you a chance to share your fostering story.  We would love if you sent us your story, poem or art so we can share these, anonymously, with a wider audience through social media and our members.  We believe in the power of words and that sharing your story and your experiences will help bring awareness to fostering in Ireland.

How You Can Get Involved?

We are asking everyone to get involved this year by organising an event or activity or just simply holding a coffee morning which will help highlight Fostering Fortnight, allowing an opportunity for everyone involved in Foster Care to come together and share their stories.

Whatever event you organise, don’t forget you can share your foster care stories, poems, art etc. from your events with IFCA which will be posted (anonymously) on social media to share with the wider fostering community!

Contact the office for Fostering Fortnight posters and balloons to help with your event or just simply to support Fostering Fortnight.

For more information about Fostering Fortnight follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates or visit www.ifca.ie. You can contact us at admin@ifca.ie or 01-4599474

#fosteringfortnight #fosteringstories #bepartofit

Document and Posters that you can download and print off:

How to Get Involved

How To Get Involved Branches Final.pdf

Poster Final.pdf

Poster with panel final.pdf

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Fostering Fortnight takes place from 4th – 15th March 2019 #fosteringfortnight #bepartofit  This year we are encouraging anyone involved in foster care to tell their story to help raise awareness for foster care in Ireland.  We believe everyone has a story to tell, and everyone deserves a chance to tell his or her story and share their experiences.  We will then share your story during Fostering Fortnight (anonymously) to help raise awareness for fostering in Ireland.  Please email your story to media@ifca.ie

Fostering Fortnight Events:

You can access a summary of all events here

South Tipperary Branch:

You are invited to attend a celebration and understanding of children and young people in foster care with special and high needs as part of #fosteringfortnight #bepartofit #fosteringstories

Guest Speakers: Adam Harris - As I am
Joanne O'Riordan - Irish Times, Sports Journalist and Disability Campaigner
Cynthia Silva - Specialist Psychologist in Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
On Tuesday 12th March, Hotel Minella Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

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Longford/ Westmeath Hub:

Family Fun Day at Jungle Joe’s/Rock  ‘n Bowl

Sunday 3rd March, 2pm to 4pm

Please book your place by contacting Siobhán on 086-1415238/siobhan.noctor@ifca.ie

Tusla Galway Events:

Invite to Fostering Fortnight Coffee mornings March 2019.pch

West Cork Branch:

Fostering Fortnight Coffee and Chat with the IFCA West Cork Branch
Thursday 7th March 2019
Parkway Hotel, Dunmanway, Cork
8pm-9.30pm
Please join us for a coffee and a chat to celebrate Fostering Fortnight 2019. You’ll meet other foster carers in the area and have an opportunity to chat over a cuppa. Members and non-members are very welcome to attend. We hope to see you there!
Please RSVP to Paul Connolly, Branch Chairperson 086 825 4407

IFCA North Cork Hub

IFCA North Cork Hub Launch & Fostering Fortnight Fostering Stories: What is Your Story?

Monday 4th March 2019, Hibernian Hotel, Mallow, 10am – 12.30pm

Foster Carers repeatedly say they learn from other Foster Carers’ experiences. Bridget McDonagh, who has over 20 years’ experience in the fields of therapeutic and fostering social work, will facilitate this two-hour safe space which is aimed to support foster carers to come together in a confidential environment and share their fostering stories. Due to the nature of this workshop, it is for Foster Carers ONLY.

The workshop will embrace the reality that the story you choose to share can be different depending on who is asking, your mood at the time, and whether you feel like you are still at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of your most prominent story.

For more information, please contact Shea Tarrant, Project Worker, at 086 141 5237/shea.tarrant@ifca.ie RSVP requested by Thursday 28th February.

Kerry Branch

IFCA Kerry Branch Coffee Morning with Special Guest Margaret Enright, PSW, Fostering Resource Unit

Friday 8th March 2019, Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee, 11am start

Please join us for our monthly coffee morning where you’ll meet other foster carers in the area for a chat. We will be celebrating Fostering Fortnight and welcoming the Fostering Resource Unit’s new Principal Social Worker, Margaret Enright. Open to members and non-members. The Branch Committee will hold their meeting at 10.30am which are you welcome to attend as well. We hope to see you there!

For more information, please contact Eileen Comerford, Branch Secretary, at 087 920 9662

Mid West Hub

Coffee Morning, Friday 15th March 2019, Radisson Blu Hotel, Limerick, 10.30am-12pm

Please join us for a special coffee morning to celebrate Fostering Fortnight this year. You’ll meet other foster carers in the area and have an opportunity to chat over a cuppa. Members and non-members are very welcome to attend. We hope to see you there!

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Shea Tarrant, Project Worker, at shea.tarrant@ifca.ie or 086 141 5237

Dublin Foster Care Hub

Information Session Fostering Fortnight Fostering Stories: What is Your Story?

Monday 11th March 2019, Blanchardstown Library, The Civic Centre, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, 11am – 1.00pm

Foster Carers repeatedly say they learn from other Foster Carers’ experiences. Bridget McDonagh, who has over 20 years’ experience in the fields of therapeutic and fostering social work, will facilitate this two-hour safe space which is aimed to support foster carers to come together in a confidential environment and share their fostering stories. Due to the nature of this workshop, it is for Foster Carers ONLY.

The workshop will embrace the reality that the story you choose to share can be different depending on who is asking, your mood at the time, and whether you feel like you are still at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of your most prominent story.

For more information and to RSVP please contact the IFCA Office admin@ifca.ie/014599474

Dublin Foster Care Hub
Foster Carers Support Coffee Morning
Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, Tuesday 19th of March, 10:00-12:00pm

Join us for a coffee morning where you’ll meet other foster carers in the local area and have an opportunity to chat over a cuppa in a confidential space. Members and non members are very welcome. IFCA staff will also be on hand to provide support too. We hope to see you there.

Please RSVP to Ashling Kennedy, Head of Branch Development at ashling.kennedy@ifca.ie 0864115256

Wexford Branch

Foster Carers Coffee Morning & Information Talk by Active Connections

Wednesday, 20th of March, 10am-12pm
Astro Active Centre, Bellfield, Enniscorthy

A little about the talk: For our next coffee morning we will be welcoming Active Connections to give a short information talk on their services. Active Connections CLG is a not for profit company working with young people with behavioural difficulties and is leading the charge of introducing adventure therapy-based programmes in Ireland.
They work in partnership with statutory and non-statutory agencies, delivering programmes to young people and their families in the regions of Cork, Tipperary, Wexford, and Waterford and now other areas. Members and non-members are very welcome to attend.

For more information, please contact Denise Dowling, Branch Secretary, at 0866014760

Sligo Hub:

IFCA Sligo Hub is hosting a family fun day in Funny Bones, Sligo on Saturday 23rd March 2pm to 4pm.  Members and non members welcome. Please book your place by contacting Siobhán on 086-1415238 siobhan.noctor@ifca.ie

Cork Branch

Coffee Morning

Monday 11th March 2019

Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork

10.30am-12pm

Please join us for a special coffee morning to celebrate Fostering Fortnight this year. You’ll meet other foster carers in the area and have an opportunity to chat over a cuppa. Members and non-members are very welcome to attend. We hope to see you there!

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Branch Chairperson, Eoin O’Hanlon, at 086 205 3768.

Kilkenny Branch:

 

Mayo Branch

The Mayo Branch of the Irish Foster Care Association are holding an information event in Tesco Claremorris on Saturday 9th March 10am to 4pm. Come and chat to the Branch members and maybe join them for a coffee in Ohehirs coffee

Roscommon Branch

Coffee Morning, Monday 11th March 2019, The Quad, Roscommon, 11am to 1pm

Please join us for a special coffee morning to celebrate Fostering Fortnight this year. You’ll meet other foster carers in the area and have an opportunity to chat over a cuppa. Members and non-members are very welcome to attend. We hope to see you there!

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Branch Secretary, Liz at 087-2920420.

Tusla Mid Leinster:

Have you ever considered becoming a Foster Carer?  TUSLA are looking for carers in your area!

We are holding open information evenings over fostering fortnight for anyone interested in attending.

To register your interest please contact 043 3350584.  We look forward to seeing you!

March 6th: Red Rua Arts Centre, Tallaght D.24 @ 7.30pm

March 7th: Lawlors Naas Co. Kildare @ 6.30pm

March 13th: the conference Room, Bridge House Cherry Orchard, Dublin 10, @ 7 pm

March 14th: The Bridge House, Tullamore, Co. Offaly @ 6.30pm

March 20th: Ballyroan Library, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14 @ 6 pm