Foster Care Advice & News

How long can a child stay in foster care?

Some of the most frequently asked questions we receive at Orchard Fostering are time-related: How long can a child stay in the foster care system? How do you decide how long a child stays in the foster care system? How long can a child stay with one foster family? If you’re interested in finding out more about timelines for children in the foster care system, read on – we’ve got plenty of information about foster care regulations, different placement types, and the type of time

May 25th, 2022|Categories: fostering advice|

Preparing for a foster child transitioning to adulthood

There comes a time in every young person’s life where they move past their childhood and enter the realm of the grown-ups. As a foster carer, you will be there to provide ongoing support during the transition to adulthood. This time can be one of great joy and excitement, but it also comes with lots of challenges. Read on to find out more about preparing for a foster child reaching adulthood and to learn about aftercare planning. If you’re interested in foster care, please reach out

May 11th, 2022|Categories: fostering advice|

What is the Orchard Foundation?

The Orchard Foundation is a funding body within Orchard Fostering, dedicated to providing opportunities to the children and young people in our care. In particular, the Orchard Foundation specialises in providing funding in areas where they may be financial barriers to entry – like the artistic, sporting or scientific fields. The Orchard Foundation is another avenue through which Orchard Fostering shows its commitment to building brighter futures for the children and young people in our care. Read on to find out more about our fostering

April 29th, 2022|Categories: fostering advice|

Tips and advice when providing foster care to teenagers

Caring for teenagers can be an extremely rewarding experience, as you get to care for a young person throughout a period of monumental growth in their lives. It can also be a challenging time, as the young person in your care navigates new experiences and big changes. Adolescence is a big journey in and of itself – and you can help guide a young person through that journey with Orchard Fostering. If you’re thinking about fostering and feel suited to caring for teenagers, you’ve come

April 29th, 2022|Categories: fostering advice|

Long Term Foster Care Planning – Caring for Children with Autism

At Orchard Fostering, we have a number of families who provide long term foster care for children with Autism. With World Autism Awareness Day around the corner, we thought it was a good time to explore the topic of fostering children who have Autism. Read on to find out more about fostering and Autism. If you’re interested in foster care, please reach out to Orchard Fostering today. We’re available on the phone or via email – you can also fill out a form directly on our

March 31st, 2022|Categories: fostering advice|

Behind the scenes of Orchard Fostering’s Care Day Awareness Event

February 18th, 2022 was Care Day – a global celebration of children and young people with experience of care. In Ireland, EPIC (Empowering young People in Care) facilitated and promoted Care Day. The theme of this years Care Day was “It takes a village to raise a child.” With the pandemic putting in person plans on hold for too long and with restriction being lifted, the team at Orchard Fostering thought it would be a great idea to give back to our Foster Carers, the

March 30th, 2022|Categories: fostering advice|

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