Moving Forward

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The Irish Foster Care Association’s Moving Forward programme has offered foster carers a space to share their experiences, reflect on the many changes in their lives and come together in a supportive and confidential setting.  Workshops have been held around the country over the past 6 months

Now we are inviting adult children of foster carers to a special one-day event

ON SATURDAY 24TH NOVEMBER in The Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise

The day will aim to

  • Recognise and acknowledge the part birth children play in the fostering process
  • Provide an overview of change, and how grief and loss is viewed in the context of foster care
  • Validate and explore experiences that many may have already encountered
  • Explore what supports are available and what could be available for birth children who are part of a fostering family

The day will give participants the opportunity to consider their experiences as well as being informed through presentations and discussions

This is a free event for adult birth children over 18. There is tea/coffee on arrival from 9.30am with a 10am start. A light lunch will be provided. Departure is at 4pm. You do not need to be an IFCA member to attend or have a parent who has attended the Moving Forward workshops – it is open to all

Booking Information:

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/moving-forward-adult-children-tickets-50587549723

Booking is essential as places are limited. Over 18’s only. Please indicate any special dietary requirements at the time of booking.

If you would like to attend this meeting but for whatever reason cannot attend, please leave your intention and details with the IFCA office so that we can contact you about your interest

This is a free event for adult birth children over 18. There is tea/coffee on arrival from 9.30am with a 10am start. A light lunch will be provided. Departure is at 4pm. You do not need to be an IFCA member to attend or have a parent who has attended the Moving Forward workshops – it is open to all

The workshops will be facilitated by IFCA’s Therapeutic Support Coordinator, Janet Gorman. Janet has over 30 years’ experience of facilitating workshops. She has delivered courses on self-care and stress management, parenting, communications and personal development. She has a Master in the field of psychotherapy and is trained to work therapeutically with adults and children. The vast majority of Janet’s clients are impacted by the effects of loss on their lives. Through her role with IFCA she has developed a keen appreciation of the foster care environment and worked previously on the pre-approval training materials for foster carers. She is looking forward to developing a range of supports for foster families in Ireland under the Moving Forward initiative.

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The “Moving Forward” Project was made possible through funding from Pobal and the Dormant Accounts Fund. It is a time-limited pilot programme which will be subject to evaluation at the end of 2018.  Whilst we have endeavoured to ensure an even distribution of service throughout the country, future offerings at additional locations will be dependent on appropriate funding.  If you have any queries relating to the programme please email the Head of Support at peter.otoole@ifca.ie or call 01 4599474.

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Questions & Answers

What is the Dormant Account Fund?

The Dormant Accounts Fund (DAF) is a scheme for the disbursement of unclaimed funds from accounts in credit institutions in Ireland. The fund is administered under the 2001 Dormant Accounts Act, together with the Unclaimed Life Assurance Policies Act 2003 and the Dormant Accounts (Amendment) Act 2012 and is under the statutory function of the Minister for Rural and Community Development from July 2017.

Do you expect to get further funding for more workshops?

One of the main objectives of this project is to look for means of sustainability over a prolonged period.  To this end, IFCA will endeavour to source suitable avenues for future funding.  This cannot be guaranteed and IFCA will share future news on this matter as it becomes available.