The Public Sector Award 2014

Five Rivers Fostering - Support for Foster Child & Foster Parent

In Five Rivers Ireland, we believe that our foster families are a valuable resource.  Without them we could not meet the needs of the children and young people that we care for. Fostering is very rewarding but it is a challenge and it is important that families receive the support that they need to provide the highest level of care for children and young people.
As a Five Rivers Ireland Foster Family you will receive lots of support. The support includes:

  • A link social worker for your family. This worker will get to know you and your family well and will be a constant support both through good times and the more challenging times.
  • Access to a wide and varied training programme. All new foster carers attend a training weekend.  In addition to this Five Rivers Ireland has a full programme of workshops running throughout the year.  These are on topics that are of interest and relevant to foster carers. These are delivered by our staff team and by some external speakers and trainers.
  • Access to a wide range of therapeutic supports including play therapy, child care work and educational supports.
  • 24 hour on-call support. Our foster carers always have access to a social worker at the end of the phone.  In addition to a social worker there is always a manager on call.
  • All of our carers receive membership to the Irish Foster Care Association, including their legal expenses insurance.  
  • Access to our extensive resource library.
  • You will also have access to our carer's page on the website which has useful information about training, topics of interest and news of any upcoming events.