Fostering First Ireland – 2021 HIQA Inspection

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Fostering First Ireland are pleased to share the outcome of our 2021 HIQA Inspection. FFI Director Marie Faughey commented that “We are delighted that the published HIQA report shows the quality of care we provide to children in care every day and our commitment to learning and compliance. it is a testament to the huge […]

Halloween Activity Pack

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With lockdown 2.0 now upon us, Halloween 2020 will be a lot different than we are used to. Our fantastic Children’s Services Team have put together this incredible Halloween Activity Pack to keep all the children and young people busy across their mid-term break. We hope it brings everyone a little bit of fun and […]

Fostering First Ireland, Investing in Children Membership Award 2020.

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Fostering First Ireland (FFI) are thrilled at achieving the Investing in Children Membership Award™! Investing in Children (IiC) is an initiative that promotes the human rights of children and young people. Over the last 21 years, IiC has developed a range of different ways in which children and young people are supported to say what […]

Our Fostering Assessment – Gareth and Steven.

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Steven and Gareth are newly approved Foster Carers with FFI. They have taken the time to tell us about their fostering journey so far and also their experience of the assessment process with Fostering First Ireland.   When we began looking for information online about fostering, FFI had a lot of online presence. The website […]

Our First Online Foundations For Fostering Training.

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Our first online foundations for fostering training was a huge success with positive feedback from all staff and carers involved. One of our Link Social Worker’s Tara Keogh who co-facilitated the training shares her thoughts on the experience. “Online Foundations For Fostering was a very positive experience. I feel that because the two couples were […]

Managing Mental Health and Wellbeing

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Managing Mental Health and Wellbeing One of Fostering First‘s Therapists, Cliodhna, gives some advice and pointers on managing our mental health during a difficult time around the world. “We find ourselves in a time of crisis, experiencing a global pandemic and the unfolding impact on our lives. At this point, we are deep into the […]

Carer Training with a Twist.

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Even in these strange days, as always, we are as busy as ever on the Assessment Team in Fostering First. The current situation has challenged us to be even more creative and innovative and we have been putting our heads together to come up with ways to continue to support our applicants on their fostering […]

Covid-19 Resources

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We thought it would be helpful to share tips on keeping active and well at this time and a list of resources to help keep young people active and engaged over the coming weeks and we will update the lists regularly. Educational Resources Childrens Activities Speaking to Children about Coronavirus Foster Carer Wellbeing

From Me To You – An Advice Guide For Foster Carers.

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On February 18th after almost 18 months of work, Fostering First’s young peoples forum (Known as Chatter Matters) launched their advice bookelt for Foster Carers put together by young people with care experience. The launch of this booklet took place in The Marlin Hotel in Dublin with over 100 people in attendance. The book launch […]

Helping Children Overcome Trauma

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Whether an adult or a child, coping with trauma can be difficult. However, as adults we have life experience to draw on and we have common sense that will persevere to tell us something is just not our fault.  For a child, the foundation has not yet been laid and so Fostering First have a […]