The Irish Foster Care Association’s Support Service offers independent and professional support in all fostering situations. The aim of the service is to offer the best support during difficult times to make the process clearer and easier for all involved.
IFCA Volunteer Support Workers provide a professional and high quality support service to compliment the aims and objectives of the organisation and its members. The service is confidential, responsive and personal. The level of support varies depending on the need but may include any or all of the following services:
The Irish Foster Care Association is grateful for the support of this service by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government under its Scheme to Support National Organisations.
Information and Advice
IFCA staff are a valuable source of information and support. They welcome your queries and are available to provide information and guidance on fostering issues.
IFCA SUPPORT SERVICE
IFCA Volunteer Support Workers provide a professional and high quality support service to compliment the aims and objectives of the organisation and its members. The service is confidential, responsive and personal. All IFCA Support Volunteers will have, at a minimum, completed a Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapeutic Skills & Practice course.
The Irish Foster Care Association provides a Telephone Helpline from Monday - Friday from 11am to 3pm.
Telephone Helpline (01) 458 5123 (also email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Telephone helpline operates from the IFCA office in Tallaght providing a first point of contact to foster carers and all those with a query or question about fostering. The Telephone Helpline can provide practical information and advice regarding any aspect of fostering as well as a supportive listening ear. All calls are held in strict confidence but confidentiality may need to be waived only in the event of a risk of harm to yourself or another individual.
For matters of a more complex nature, more prolonged or detailed assistance may be required. When appropriate, our helpline volunteers will consult with the Support Service Development Worker to determine if further support can be offered by means of a referral to a specific Support Volunteer.
In addition to its existing Branch and Regional structure, IFCA has expanded our panel of specially trained Support Volunteers located in all parts of Ireland. All our Support Volunteers are themselves either long standing experienced foster carers or possess significant relevant experience and expertise in their own right. Our Support Volunteers will be available to assist and support carers over time with more complex issues or matters of a longer duration. The Support Services of the Irish Foster Care Association are designed to assist all carers experiencing difficulty by:
• Providing an objective, non-judgemental, and supportive environment in which to discuss and explore issues of concern.
• Providing balanced, good quality advice and information regarding all aspects of
• Facilitating improved communication and dialogue between all concerned.
• Assisting foster carers in identifying constructive strategies for resolving their concerns.
• Supporting carer confidence in working towards positive solutions.