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Sunday 17 November 2019

Fostering information night a big success

Jacqueline Colfer (social worker in fostering), Regina Dempsey (foster carer) and Margaret Long (foster carer) at the Tusla Fostering information night in the Riverside Park Hotel
Jacqueline Colfer (social worker in fostering), Regina Dempsey (foster carer) and Margaret Long (foster carer) at the Tusla Fostering information night in the Riverside Park Hotel

Brendan Keane

An event aimed specifically at people interested in fostering took place recently in Enniscorthy.

The event was organised by Tusla and was held in the Riverside Park Hotel as part of National Fostering Week.

The information day attracted a large crowd to the venue and involved two sessions on the day.

It was one of a number of national events organised to encourage people interested in fostering to consider Tusla as their fostering agency of choice.

The organisers said it was also held to raise public awareness of the positive aspects of fostering with the agency.

There were a number of guest speakers at the event and those in attendance were told about the process involved and the benefits of getting involved with the agency when it comes to fostering.

Prior to the event a couple from Wexford, Aly McNeill and Niamh Callery, spoke of the benefits of using the agency to foster while also acknowledging there are challenges to face.

The message they relayed was that people need to remember it's always about the children and that was a fact also highlighted at the event in the Riverside Park Hotel.

'All we try and do is help the children reach their full potential as people,' said Ms McNeill.

'The administration can be frustrating and time consuming but I suppose that is necessary,' she added.

With regard to their own situation she commented: 'We have been very lucky with our Link Support Worker, the help and support she gives us is so important. We've been blessed in that respect.'

The couple have been fostering in Wexford for the last nine years.

The attendees at the event were told of the importance of the link support workers and how they provide support and encouragement to those who are fostering.

The seminar also highlighted the different types of fostering Tusla is involved in including respite; short term care; emergency care; long term general care and SAIL (supported lodgings programme for young people aged 16 to 23 years-of-age).

Enniscorthy Guardian

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