Managing The Covid-19 Mindset – A Teenage Perspective

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These are strange times we are living in right now. Things have changed. It is affecting everything and everyone. But how is it affecting teenagers? See the thing is, adults have a bigger voice, more control of the narrative. We are forgotten, left to the side because we aren’t seen as important. But me? Well, […]

Caring for a Young Person with Special Needs – January 2020.

Fostering In Ireland

Thank you to Caitriona who shared her own personal story as a foster carer. Catriona and her husband Andrew have been fostering with FFI for over 11 years and have made an incredible difference to the children who they have had in their care for both short and long periods of time. “Ultimately foster caring […]

How to Support Your Own Children with Fostering – 31st October 2019

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A single individual can foster, to learn more visit Who Can Become a Foster Parent page. In this piece we are focusing on the marvellous contribution siblings can offer to a foster child. Be it immediate or extended family, each member must be aware of the challenges and rewards of fostering. Our topic today is […]

10 Questions – FFI Goes to Canada

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This month we chat with Kasia who is one of our Business Support Officers. Kasia was one of the FFI group who travelled to Canada this month as part of a cultural exchange with other staff, foster carers and young people. She tells us more about the trip and all the fun they had below. […]

10 Questions – Children’s Officer

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This month we caught up with our Children’s Officer Aideen who talked her through her role having joined FFI 12 months ago. We also chat about everything we have coming up across the summer for young people in FFI including, trips to Scotland and Canada in July and BBQ’s and family fun days across the […]

10 Questions – Senior Education Officer

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For this months 10 Questions we sat down with our Senior Education Officer Claire, to talk about all things exam related, the educational supports available with FFI, the move from primary to secondary school and third level education options. 1) Education is incredibly important at FFI. Can you describe your role and outline what FFI […]

10 Questions – Fostering Advisor

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This month we sit down to chat with our Fostering Advisor Barry who has been working with FFI for over 6 years. He tells us what his job entails and what is needed to become a foster carer with FFI. Can you explain your job in a nutshell? I would be the first point of contact […]

10 Questions – FFI Foster Carer

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Grace and her husband Declan have been fostering with FFI for over ten years. In that time they have cared for over 15 children on a long term, short term, respite and emergency basis making them some of our most experienced carers. Grace sat down with us for 10 Questions about her take on fostering […]

10 Questions – Young Person in Aftercare

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This month we sat down with a young person who recently transitioned into the aftercare system. Glenn shared the story of his time in care with us and gave an insight as to what a young person experiences as they move into independence.   1) What were things like for you before you came into […]

Farming and Fostering – Fostering and Farming

Maria and Pat’s Story. Farming and Fostering – Fostering and Farming Maria and Pat are a dry stock/poultry farming family in the West. They are in their fifties and have adult children and currently foster one child. Since they began fostering for FFI nearly 10 years ago the couple have fostered over 13 children. Life […]