FAQ

Oak Lodge Fostering Services works in partnership with the Child and Family Agency (CFA) to supply foster care placements.

We have our own foster carers whom we assess, train and support through the fostering task. We provide a 24 hour on call service and paid respite.

Our foster carers come from all backgrounds, cultures and religions – they are as diverse as the children needing families.

There are some essential criteria however:

  • You must be over 25 years of age
  • You must have a spare bedroom
  • You must have a full drivers licence
This is a relatively straightforward process, please feel free to contact us to discuss this confidentially with one of our social workers who will guide you through the process. Contact Us
Oak Lodge is dedicated to supporting our foster carers with the fostering task. We are a small agency and therefore know all our foster carers well and encourage them to contact us with any queries or concerns they might have. We are available to our carers to discuss any issues that arise; sometimes just talking it through is enough and other times we need to put practical supports in place to help get through a challenging situation. We can tailor all our services to suit a foster carer’s individual needs.

  • We offer ongoing training to all our foster carers
  • We have a support worker available to provide practical support on a day to day basis
  • We provide paid respite to all our foster carers
  • We provide regular contact and supervision with dedicated Link Worker.
  • We provide 24/365 on call support from qualified social workers
  • We offer regular clinical support groups to all our foster carers
The fostering allowance is currently €325 per week for children under 12 years of age and €352 for children over 12 years of age.

This allowance is paid directly from Oak Lodge fostering Services to your bank account and is a tax free allowance. You will be provided with an information sheet about what the allowance covers but basically it is to meet all the costs of caring for a child.

If you are already approved as a Foster Carer with another agency or the Child and Family Agency and wish to transfer we can discuss this with you in confidence.

This is a relatively straightforward process, please feel free to contact us to discuss the benefits of fostering with Oak Lodge, with no obligation.

Should you decide to proceed with a transfer one of our social workers will guide you through the process.

Contact Us