Five Rivers Fostering urgently need foster parents to care for children and young people

Join their upcoming virtual Information event on 21st of June to find out more!

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Five Rivers Fostering is run as a Non-Profit/Social Enterprise, established in 2002 and they have Foster Families based throughout the country. They are urgently seeking foster carers for children and young perople. 

Five Rivers Fostering operates under the same regulations and standards required of all Foster Care providers in Ireland.  Providing emergency care, respite, short, medium, and long-term placements for children and young people who cannot live with their own families. They also provide an Emergency Place of Safety Service for the Out-of-Hours Service, on behalf of Tusla (Child and Family Agency).

All Foster Parents have a Link Social Worker giving monthly support visits and regular phone calls. They provide a 24-hour on-call access to a Social worker and their managers and regular training opportunities. They run recognition events and family fun days where carers can listen to, learn from and support each other while also having fun with the Children and Young People in their care.  

An (Emergency Place of Safety) EPS Carer Shares Her Experience…

“Since December 2020 to December 2021, my first year as a single foster carer, I have had 23 children, aged from 2 years to 16 years old, in my home. Also, I had 2 dogs Coco and Gonzo come to stay too! (These dogs were very special to the children who needed an emergency foster placement). These have been EPS (Emergency Place of Safety) placements. When I first started, I was a little scared about how it would work out but, I did not need to be worried as all these children and young people got on very well in my home. We are all human and I can find it hard when I hear things that have happened to some of the children I cared for. However, I have great support from my family and I can always talk to my link worker or someone in Five Rivers if I need to.

As a foster carer, if you have a big heart and can show a child that you are there for them and make them feel safe, it can make a difference in their lives big or small. So, if you ever felt the way I did and think that being a foster carer won’t happen for you, why not speak to someone in Five Rivers, and maybe you can become a foster carer like me. My next step is to do short-term placement, and this is my goal for 2022.”

Five Rivers Fostering invests any additional resources into service provision. They provide an Enhanced Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT) to the families who foster with us and the young people/children in our foster placements.

The Multi-disciplinary Team from Five Rivers Fostering is available to all their foster families, staff, and children/young people when they need it.                                                       

Dublin Office

Five Rivers Fostering, Unit 4 Block 8, Corporate Business Park 1, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.

Phone: (01) 8665291/8665290, [email protected]

Cork Office

Five Rivers Fostering, Unit 19 Airport East Business Park, Rathmacullig West, Ballygravan, Co. Cork.

Phone (021) 7355977, [email protected]

You can join their upcoming virtual Information event on 21st of June, it’s at 7 pm. Email [email protected] to find out more or check out their website here.

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