Foster Care

The Foster Care Service undertakes the assessment, recruitment, training and management of foster carers. The majority of children looked after by the Trust, are in foster care.

Fostering work within the Trust involves:

Recruitment of foster carers through ongoing advertising, radio interviews and articles for media and various projects and events throughout the year to raise awareness of the need for foster carers.

Provision of information packs on fostering, information evenings on fostering and a six module ‘Skills to Foster Course’ (preparation for fostering).

Home study assessment of applicants. This is then presented to the Foster Care Panel for approval.

Social Workers within the team also help to develop the skills of foster carers by providing support in their link social worker role and annually reviewing all foster carers and respite carers with a view to reconfirmation of approval. Supporting local Foster Care Groups and a Development and Training programme for foster carers.

Family Placement Teams

There are four Family Placements Teams located throughout the Trust who carry out home-study assessments of prospective foster carers through the assessment process and provide ongoing support. They also carry out adoption reports and assessment of kinship carers. They provide ongoing link work support as supervising social workers to foster carers undertake local recruitment initiatives, support prospective foster carers through the assessment process and provide ongoing support to our current foster carers.

Contact Details

Coleraine Family Placement Team
Route House
Route Complex
Ballymoney
BT53 6BP
02827661521 ext 3621

Ballymena Family Placement Team
Raphael House
11b Fenaghy Road
Galgorm
Ballymena
BT42 1HW
Tel: 028 2563 5110

Magherafelt Family Placement Team
Children’s Services
Sperrin House
43 Queens Avenue
Magherafelt
BT45 6BY
Tel: 028 7936 6840

Carrickfergus Family Placement Team
Ellis Street
Family Resource Centre
Carrickfergus
BT38 8AZ
Tel: 028 9331 5111

The Specialist Fostering Team

The Trust’s Specialist Fostering Team deals with recruitment of foster carers and processes fostering enquiries from the general public with interest in foster care. The Team provides information and advice and deals with the initial stages of assessment of prospective foster carers as well as raising the profile of fostering in the Northern Trust.

The team also provide specialist placements for children within the care system and support and link work to all of the Trusts fee paid and specialist foster carers. In addition, the Foster Carer Training Coordinator is also established within the team and delivers and coordinates training throughout the year through the Trusts Training & Development Program.

Contact details

Specialist Fostering Team
Tel: 0300 123 1155
email: foster4.nt@northerntrust.hscni.net

Foster Carer Training Coordinator
Deborah O’Brien
email: Deborah.obrien@northerntrust.hscni.net

If you feel you have what it takes to be a foster carer or would like more information regarding foster care contact:

Northern Trust Specialist Fostering Team on 0300 123 11 55
email Foster4.nt@northerntrust.hscni.net.

Please visit www.adoptionandfostering.hscni.net for links, events, children’s / carers profiles and to download a fostering information pack.

The Foster Carer Training Programme for 2013-2014 is also available to view and download.

The Trust also offers an adoption service Adoption Service.

Page last updated:21 August 2015