Attachment & Psychopathology 3 day course

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World renowned Dr Patricia McKinsey Crittenden presents her training programme in Attachment & Psychopathology in Dublin from Tuesday 21st – Thursday 23rd May 2019 at DCU St Patrick’s Campus in Drumcondra. This course examines development from infancy to adulthood and the process of adaptation and developmental pathways that carry risk for psychopathology. It focuses on […]

Our Trip to Scotland With FFI.

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Ben and Brian are two brothers from Cork who were asked to come to Scotland as part of Team Ireland for our annual football tournament in late July. The boys rate Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as their two favourite footballers in the world. We recently had the chance to catch up with the boys […]

What is Attachment?

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The term Attachment in human development refers to the way every baby, child, teenager and adult learns how to be safe in the world when they feel under threat.  For a baby this might mean they are hungry, for a toddler that they have hurt themselves while playing, or for a teenager when they have […]

Department of Children and Youth Affairs: Call for Submissions


Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, announced an open call seeking submissions on measuring outcomes for young people engaged with youth services. The Department of Children and Youth Affairs want to learn about how organisations determine what difference is made by services for people who use them. This is part of […]

Deloitte 50 Outstanding LGBTI Leaders – Steve Jacques

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Many congratulations to Key Assets Chief Executive Officer, Steve Jacques who has been named one of Deolittes 50 Outstanding LGBTI Leaders for 2018. The nominees represent leaders who are creating more inclusive workplaces and communities around the world. Over the years Steve has made an incredible difference to the lives of children and young people […]

What is Trauma?

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Childhood trauma is an extremely important concept to understand as a foster carer, due to the widespread belief that almost all children in care have been exposed to some form of trauma. The very act of being put in foster care can be traumatic for children, because it means a separation from their family, friends, […]

Fostering Awareness Week 2018 Events

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FFI is thrilled to announce a series of events to mark Fostering Awareness Week which runs from February 26th – March 2nd 2018. Following on from the success last year, we have scheduled 14 events across Ireland on the following dates:   Monday 26th of February. Fostering Awareness Week Launch Location: FFI Head Office, Grantham […]

10 Questions – Key Assets CEO Steve Jacques

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For this months 10 Questions we sat down to talk to Steve Jacques, current CEO of Key Assets and former Director of Fostering First Ireland. Steve tells us about what it was like when FFI was set up almost 13 years ago, the challenges faced at the time, those early feelgood moments and how things […]

ReMoved / Remember My Story

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ReMoved is an American short film which follows the emotional journey of nine-year old Zoe who is taken from her birth home with her brother and placed into the foster care system. Part two, Remember My Story, explores the struggle to overcome as Zoe deals with the court system, life in a foster home, her birth […]

Tusla Child Protection and Welfare Strategy 2017 – 2022

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FFI welcome the publication of the new Tusla Child Protection and Welfare Strategy 2017-2022. Included in this are Tusla’s strategic objectives, their vision for the future and the principles of Children First. The document can be viewed in full by clicking here.