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Changes to number of social worker visits

The Department for Education has set out a change to the number of visits social workers will be required to make to children in long term foster care.

It is one of a number of changes aimed at helping to improve the performance of children who are looked after.

The current requirements are for social workers to visit every three months but the new change will mean visits every six months. The extended time between visits will help foster children experience a mirror of family life.

Foster Carer Shortage in Dublin

A shortage of foster carers in North Dublin has meant that a third of foster children have had to be placed outside the area. A campaign launched by Tulsa (The Child and Family Agency), is hoping to recruit more foster carers in the area. Manager, Linda Creamer, had spoken about the lack of carers in the inner city area. There is also a shortage of cultural diversity amongst carers. She spoke of the importance of placing children in a family of the same culture.

Ballymun Civic Centre is holding an information evening on the 25th November for anyone interested in becoming a foster carer.

Ealing Foster Carer of the Year Award

An award has been given to a couple from Ealing, who fostered a seriously ill baby girl. The Foster Carer of the Year award was presented to Maria and Joel Evangelista at the Council’s annual awards ceremony. The little girl needed round the clock care and the social worker involved praised Mr and Mrs Evangelista for the quality of care that they provided.

Ealing currently has 370 children in care, and Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Councillor Binda Rai spoke at the event about the Council’s need for more foster carers.

Fostering a child with a disability

A couple from Kent have spoken about how rewarding it is to foster a child or young person with a disability.

Julie and Nick have been fostering for 25 years and have fostered more than 65 children. They are currently looking after a boy with autism. They receive a range of training from the Council to help them to care for children with complex needs.

More foster carers are needed by Kent Council to care for children with medical conditions and health needs.

Simply Fostering November 2014