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Celebrating your First Easter with your Foster Child

We love a good holiday at Orchard Fostering – and Easter is no different. Holidays are a great time to take a break and check in with yourself and your foster child. Easter offers this opportunity for connection and reflection more than most holidays – it’s not as pressurised as Christmas, but your foster child (if they’re of school-going age) will still have a lengthy break from their studies. In this article, we take a look at how to celebrate Easter with your foster child, offering

March 24th, 2021|Categories: fostering advice|

Sibling placements – why is it important to keep siblings together?

An interview with a carer fostering siblings. Sibling placements involve keeping brothers and sisters together on their fostering journey. At Orchard Fostering, we recognise the value of sibling placements and make placing siblings together a priority. If you’re interested in finding out more about sibling placements, we took an in-depth look at the process here. We reached out to one of our carers to discuss their personal story of fostering siblings. They shared their advice on fostering siblings, their thoughts on the importance of keeping

March 22nd, 2021|Categories: fostering advice|

Orchard Fostering Would Like to Present Fostering Fortnight

Fostering Fortnight 2021 takes place from March 1st – 14th and Orchard Fostering have a number of events lined up to coincide. Fostering Fortnight is about celebrating foster care and the benefits that growing up in a family environment can have on children in care. Foster families can help create better outcomes for children, offering them safety, stability and permanence in a family setting at a time in their lives when they need it most. What is Fostering Fortnight? Foster Care Fortnight is annual campaign to raise

February 26th, 2021|Categories: fostering advice|

Sibling placement in foster care – everything you need to know

Sibling placements are a topic of much discussion in the fostering world. At Orchard Fostering, we are often asked about fostering siblings. In order to answer the most pressing questions about sibling placement, we have put together some frequently asked questions that stem from our conversations about sibling placements in foster care. Read on to find out more. What are sibling placements? Sibling placements involve keeping brothers and sisters together when placed in foster care. By their nature, sibling placements involve fostering multiple children. By

February 24th, 2021|Categories: fostering advice|

Can I Foster During the Coronavirus Pandemic? Foster Care Support During Covid-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every walk of life – including foster care. We’ve received lots of questions about fostering and COVID over the past few months. Let’s take a look at four of the most pressing questions below. Can I foster during a pandemic? Lots of things are difficult to do during the COVID-19 pandemic – starting your life-changing foster care journey with Orchard Fostering is not one of them. We’ve been building brighter futures for children and young people for over a decade,

February 11th, 2021|Categories: fostering advice|

Cultural Diversity in Foster Care – Fostering Children of a Different Race and Culture

At Orchard Fostering, the foster children in our care represent the changed face of Ireland. We support children (and carers) from diverse cultural backgrounds. Fostering a child from a different culture to your own is all about preparation, awareness, and education. Learn about and celebrate your foster child’s cultural background and race  For many, the default position when dealing with someone of a different race to their own is to claim: “I don’t see race.” This is referred to as being “colour-blind.” While this approach

January 22nd, 2021|Categories: fostering advice|

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