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Sunday 20 October 2019

Foster families sought in Wexford

TUSLA Child and Family Agency is launching a new public information campaign in a bid to recruit more foster carers in the Wexford area.

The campaign is Tusla's first national fostering campaign and it aims to dispel misconceptions about who can foster a child, and encourage people from all walks of life to consider providing a loving stable environment for a vulnerable child.

As part of National Fostering Week, Tusla Wexford will host special information events at The Riverside Park Hotel in Enniscorthy on Thursday, October 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Across Wexford and Waterford, 318 foster carers have opened their homes to a total of 358 children and Tusla are hopeful of increasing this figure further.

'Tusla National Fostering Week is an opportunity to dispel common misconceptions about foster care,' said Chief Executive of Tusla Bernard Gloster.

'We are looking for foster carers from all walks of life to provide safe and stable environments for children who, due to a range of reasons, can't live at home.

'It only takes one person to change a child's life. I would encourage anyone who feels they can provide a stable and safe family environment for a child to think about fostering and join the 4,254 Tusla foster carers around the country that open their homes to 5,521 children. In Wexford, we are looking for people from all backgrounds, aged over 25 years who are interested in working with us to provide foster care and respite care for children up to 18 years of age.'

Members of the public in Wexford wishing to inquire about fostering during Tusla National Fostering Week can visit Tusla.ie for more details, call freephone 1800 226 771, email tusla.fostering@tusla.ie.

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