Tuesday 22nd of January 2019

Compass Fostering Services

‘Children are not the people of tomorrow, but are the people of today. They have a right to be taken seriously, and to be treated with tenderness and respect. They should be allowed to grow into whatever they were meant to be – the unknown person inside each of them is our hope for the future’

Janusz Korczak (1878 – 1942)

 

Have you ever considered becoming a foster carer?

Compass Fostering Services recruits, trains and supports individuals and families interested in becoming foster carers. We develop foster carers that are capable of caring for vulnerable and complex children and young people in care within a home environment.

 

We feel that placing an increasing emphasis on the supports given to foster carers and their requirement to engage in them, will in turn promote the foster children and young people in their care to reach their full potential and developmentally grow throughout their placements.

 

The main aim for foster carers is to provide a stable warm home environment, develop secure attachments and establish trustworthy caring relationships with children and young people who have experienced neglect, trauma and abuse.

 

We are looking for people to care for children on a long-term basis, short-term basis, planned respite or emergency placements for children and young people aged 0 – 18 years old.

 

What we ask of people interested in becoming foster carers is that they have previous experience of children and young people either in an employed capacity, voluntary basis or experience within their family and friends circle. Also, they must have a spare bedroom in they home and be able to bring the child to school every day.

 

We will ensure that all applicants wanting to become foster carers are trained through out comprehensive training programme and supported through their fostering assessment with us and thereafter.

The support services we provide include: 24/7 round the clock support, support worker who works closely with your family and foster child, professional supervision, carer team meetings and carer support groups.

 

Our guiding principles are to view each child first and foremost as a child capable of being cared for by those willing and committed to provide them with unconditional positive regard or love. Other important principles that guide us are: promoting the development of a child or young person in partnership with foster carers, providing a holistic family centred service, being accessible, flexible and responsive to foster carers’ needs, valuing and empowering foster cares, ensuring the delivery of reliable and well established interventions and finally ensuring best practice principles are identified and adhered to.

 

If you can deal patiently and consistently with behaviours that challenge, understand the needs of young people who have disrupted family situations, and can be present when thing are tough then this fostering is the role for you.

 

The process to becoming a foster carer can be quite thorough and comprehensive which could take a minimum of six months dependant on individual circumstances.

 

If you have any questions or want to discuss fostering with us, please contact: Compass Fostering Services on 061 622040, 085 1305752 or email fostering@compasscfs.ie.

 

More information can be found by following the link below:

www.compasscfs.ie/data/documents/Compass-Fostering-Services-Booklet.pdf

 

Compass Fostering Services is part of Compass Child and Family Services CLG (Compass CFS) which was established as a non for profit organisation in 2012. Compass CFS is a registered charitable organisation since 2017.