We offer a range of support to our foster carers. We provide on-going training on relevant issues to foster carers. This training is offered at various locations around Ireland.
If you are approved to foster, you will be allocated a link social worker who will visit you on a regular basis to discuss your experiences and to offer practical advice and information on any challenges you may experience. We can also share information on what has worked for other carers and what additional needs children in foster care may have. Visits from your link worker will be in your home and at times that are convenient. Visits will be as frequent as is necessary to support you and the child placed with you. This could be weekly visits, but visits will not be less than every three weeks.
You can also access our on-call social worker 24 hours per day, if you have any queries, or if you need urgent support and advice.
Through attending training courses you will also meet other foster carers and can get valuable advice and support directly from them.
We have a skilled team of social workers and social care workers who have a variety of interests and skills.
In certain situations we can offer additional supports such as:
- Play therapy
- MarteMeo support programmes
- Direct work with a child on a particular issue (life story work, anger management, sexual health awareness, social skills development)
- Individual training on issues specific to a difficulty arising in your home
- Finally there is also an allowance provided to families to cover the costs of providing food, shelter, transport, clothing and education to a child in your care. This allowance is not considered as an income for tax purposes and should not affect any social welfare entitlements or tax credits that you are currently claiming.
Have a look at our Support Page for more information on Supports provided by Five Rivers Fostering.