Successful Year for Fostering Service


2011 has been a busy and successful year for Belfast Trust Fostering Service. The emphasis and theme of the year was Belfast Trust, valuing foster carers and their families.

Kinship Fostering

The Kinship Fostering Team were finalists for the NISCC ‘Regional Social Work Awards.’ The option of Kinship Care has seen a steady rise in numbers and the Kinship Team continue to develop this service. A number of carers attended an All Ireland Kinship Conference in March to review the developments in Kinship fostering across Ireland. The conference was addressed by one of our Kinship carers, Mary McNally.

Adolescent Fostering Project (AFP) Scheme

This year the adolescent Fostering Project saw an increase of 25% in their foster carer numbers.

The manager of the AFP also launched a Bike club initiative for young people in care. The young people involved are currently undertaking their Bronze youth achievement award which they hope to complete by the end of January 2012.

£1500 was raised for an orphanage in Mozambique by the fostering teams and carers after a member of the AFP did volunteer work there earlier in the year.

Fit to Foster Scheme

The Lord Mayor of Belfast launched the Fit to Foster scheme which promotes the health and fitness of foster carers. This scheme was also nominated for both the Regional Award and The Chairman’s Award demonstrating the very innovative and creative work ongoing within the Fostering Service.

Fostering Network

In May three Belfast Trust carers were nominated for the Fostering Network Foster Carer of the Year Awards. Phoebe Mooney won the runner up award with both May Forbes and Linda Murray winning Carer of Distinction awards.

Foster carers and staff also walked the Belfast Marathon and raised over £1000 for children with cancer. This money was donated in memory of their friend and colleague, Heather Mateer who died last December.

More information about Fostering Services

The Fostering Service is committed to looking after foster carers and their families. The service provides each foster carer with an experienced Supervising Social worker who provides individual supervision and support. Foster carers can avail of training which is provided throughout the year. Foster Carers Support Groups are facilitated monthly while Kinship support groups meet alternate months. A Fostering Forum has been set up which allows foster carers representatives, and Fostering Managers to meet and communicate effectively with each other on key issues.

If you are considering becoming a foster carer, or would like to know more, go to our fostering pages