Lets Talk About Money

Andrew Murphy

This article outlines some of the most frequently asked financial questions by foster carers accessing the Irish Foster Care Association (IFCA) helpline. The list of issues presented in the article is not exhaustive – it includes the foster care allowance, pocket money, saving for children in foster care, mileage and the costs associated with seeking private therapeutic services. The Irish Foster Care Association’s Support Service Annual Review (2016, 2017) is used as a means of highlighting the specific difficulties and issues presented by foster carers to IFCA. Recent financial policy and practice developments on the part of Tusla – Child and Family Agency and the Department of Social Protection provide the basis for any practical information provided.

Talking money.pdf