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Fostering in Northern Ireland

Last year, from the Health and Social Care Trust, FCA had over 305 referrals of children and young people who desperately needed a foster carer to provide a safe, stable and caring home.  Every year this number increases and so we urge anyone considering becoming a foster parent to contact us today.

Although a small region our wee office is full of personality and pride in the fact that we are helping ordinary people do extraordinary things.

As a non-profit agency and also the largest independent agency in Northern Ireland we are so different in so many ways and this makes us stand out from the crowd and attracts new carers to work with us and become part of our FCA NI family.

Fostering support in Northern Ireland

We have a great team of social workers, support, education and therapy teams who all offer a great amount of help and guidance alongside the administration, placements and assessments teams. We may all look different, have different personalities but one thing is certain, from the Regional Manager down, all staff have the same goal and that is to help those children and young people who are referred to us from the local Trusts, who may have complex needs and behaviours and who need our entire FCA family’s support.

Our office is situated on the Belmont Road in Belfast at the bottom end of a business park but don’t let this put you off popping in to see us, we are a bright and cheery bunch who consider all our carers and young people part of our FCA family and everyone is welcome. For more information call us on 0800 434 6000 or fill in the contact form below.

Our Offices

Derry

Unit 4 Hyde Business Park, 17 Pennyburn Industrial Estate, Derry, BT48 0LU

028 71374511

Belfast

Units 6&7 Belmont Office Park, 232-240 Belmont Rd, Belfast, BT4 2AW

02890 769310

Meet the Team

Feargal O’Keefe

Regional Manager

Catherine McIntosh

Operations Manager

Heather Miskimmin

Office Manager/Fostering Advisor

Ruth Brett

Assessment and Panel Manager

Ciara Doyle

Fostering Services Manager

John Doherty

Principal Social Worker

Catherine Weatherup

Supervising Social Worker

Judith Mayne

Supervising Social Worker

Lindsey Weatherall

Supervising Social Worker

Sarah McCarthy

Acting Team Manager

Victoria Innes

Senior Supervising Social Worker

Amy White

Supervising Social Worker

Nicola Lambert

Marketing Co-ordinator/Fostering Advisor

Julie McDonald

Recruitment and Assessment Administrator

Lorna McConnell

Panel and review Administrator

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    How can we help?

    Ready to start fostering a child or young person? Or just want a bit more information to help you decide whether fostering is for you? All you need to do is contact us.

    Phone us

    Call us on 0800 434 6000 (lines open Monday - Friday: 9am - 8pm)

    Fostering a child or young person is a big decision so we're here to answer any questions you may have. Our friendly fostering advisors, many of whom are carers themselves, can talk you through everything you need to know about becoming a foster carer.

    For all other general enquiries, please call 0800 085 225.

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    Phone us

    Call us on 0800 434 6000 (lines open Monday - Friday: 9am - 8pm)

    Fostering a child or young person is a big decision so we,re here to answer any questions you may have. Our friendly fostering advisors, many of whom are carers themselves, can talk you through everything you need to know about becoming a foster carer.

    For all other general enquiries, please call 0800 085 225.

    • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

    Call me back

    Haven't got time to chat now? Leave your details and we'll call you back at a time that suits you:

    • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
    • Why do we need this? So we can email you a brochure.
    • Why do we need this? We appreciate that starting to foster is a big decision that needs careful consideration and you are likely to have questions. We’d like to help answer those questions.
    • Please enter your postcode to see news and events in you area
    • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.