IFCA National Conference 2017

IFCA National Conference 2017

Oct 27th - All Day
Oct 28th - All Day
Oct 29th - All Day


Realising Potential in Foster Care



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Irish Foster Care Association

The Irish Foster Care Association (IFCA) is the representative body for foster care in Ireland. Child-centred and rights-based, IFCA promotes excellence in foster care. We aim to accomplish this by providing information, support and learning opportunities for all those involved in foster care through our direct work in Advocacy, Branch Development, Support, and, Learning and Development.

IFCA seeks to build a culture of learning that values the accumulation of knowledge, skills and experience by all those with an involvement in fostering, in the development of best practice. The annual conference is one of a range of opportunities in IFCA’s learning programme which also includes training, seminars, and a biannual journal on foster care practice, policy and research, ‘Foster’.

IFCA Conference 2017

The Irish Foster Care Association National Conference brings together all those with an interest in foster care, including general and relative foster families, health and social care practitioners, academics, students, teachers, policy makers, and members of the community and voluntary sector to learn together, engage in dialogue, and share their experiences and best practice. We run three parallel programmes for children, young people and adults.

This year’s conference theme is Realising Potential in Foster Care. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child recognises that all children, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, disability, parentage, sexual orientation or other status have the right to develop their potential in all situations and at all times. This applies to the spheres of health, education, family life, play and recreation, an adequate standard of living, and protection from abuse and harm. Due to the circumstances which lead to children being received into care they may have specfic vulnerabilities. Furthermore, they have been identified by the Ombudsman for Children as facing multiple obstacles to the enjoyment of their rights1. The conference will offer an opportunity to explore ways in which practice and policy in respect of children and young people in care can support them to realise their potential. It also allows scope for consideration of how the potential of all those with an involvement in foster care can be realised.

We have planned the conference programmes based on what participants from last year’s conference said they would like and also on feedback from other relevant consultations.

Extended adults’ programme

IFCA is excited to offer you a wealth of topics within the adults’ programme all of which are relevant to the theme, Realising Potential in Foster Care. Due to its great success last year, we will continue to offer an optional, extra set of thematic workshops during the day on Friday. Friday’s workshops will offer perspectives from practice and research of relevance to the overall conference theme. Participants may choose to attend Friday as a stand-alone day or to combine it with other parts of the weekend. We have also increased the number of workshops on offer to participants on Saturday. Package fees are outlined at the back of the conference brochure. Fees to members are subsidised by IFCA.

Conference Venue

Mount Wolseley Hotel, Tullow, Co. Carlow.

Tel: 059 918 0100 Email: info@mountwolseley.ie. Website: www.mountwolseley.ie If you wish to arrange a free transfer from Carlow train station to the Mount Wolseley please contact the hotel directly. Please remember to quote your Eventbrite conference ticket order number when booking your accommodation.

Organising Committee

The conference is organised by the IFCA office in conjunction with local volunteers and EPIC.
If you have any queries please contact the IFCA office.
Tel: 01 459 9474. Email: learning@ifca.ie Address: Unit 23, Village Green, Tallaght, Dublin 24.

Volunteers Needed

We are seeking day volunteers for our children and young people’s programmes to be a part of our child-centred, activity and fun filled weekend! Weather you, or someone you may know is looking for valuable volunteer experience, is passionate about working directly with young people from various backgrounds, would like an opportunity to gain or improve their skills, work in and learn about fostering or just simply has the time to give while having loads of fun, we would love to hear from you!  Details can be here Volunteers Needed.pdf