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Become an IFCA Member

Why become a member of the Irish Foster Care Association?

By your membership of the IFCA, you are joining others interested in working for the best interests of children in care. Legislation policies, standards of practice, all ultimately affect the child in our care. As a member of IFCA, you will have a strong voice in influencing improvements in the quality of foster care.

What does IFCA offer me?

  • Support
  • Information
  • Local branch support
  • Training & Training Materials
  • Independent confidential support
  • Seminars and conferences
  • Newsletters
  • Publications
  • Public Liability insurance for activities organised by affiliated IFCA branches
  • Legal Expenses Insurance for foster families

How do I join the Irish Foster Care Association?

Membership of IFCA is open to individuals, groups or organisations involved with children:

  • who are in the care of the who are in the care of the Child and Family Agency or private fostering agencies.
  • who's aims and policies are compatible with those of IFCA 
  • in related academic fields.

There are 3 membership categories:

i. Individual:
An Individual Member is an individual, over eighteen years of age, who has paid their subscription. An Individual membership entitles an individual to one vote at the AGM.

ii. Family
A Family membership is open to any family group, one of whom shall be over eighteen, who have paid their subscription. It includes all members of a family permanently residing in the family home. Family membership entitles the family to two votes at the AGM. The persons to exercise this right shall be over eighteen years of age, nominated by the family and be placed on a register of voters at time of joining or renewal of membership of the Company.

iii. Group
Group membership is open to any group involved in child care, which has paid its subscription. It includes all residents and employees of the group, one of whom shall be over eighteen. The Group membership entitles this group to two votes at the AGM. The persons to exercise this right shall be over eighteen years of age, nominated by the group and be placed on a register of voters at time of joining or renewal of membership of the Company.Membership may be paid by direct debit through your bank or directly to the address at the end of the Membership form. Please do not send cash through the post.


Apply online for IFCA Membership