Teddy Bear
What then brings this child to my door
What twist of faith left his feet on the floor
No kind hand was he ever shown
And now… as dark steals light, with his eyes full of fright. His tiny hands trembling
Clutching his Teddy Bear…
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on 16 Jun 2017 2:59 PM

Many people might remember 'Removed Part 1' that we previously posted.

Here is 'Removed Part 2'.

Some key messages in both videos for anyone working with or caring for children in care.

Find out more about the film at www.removedfilm.com


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on 15 May 2017 6:16 PM

Ryan Tubridy interviewed a young person named Sean on 29th February 2016 about leaving residential and going into foster care. To listen to this interview, please click the following link:


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on 15 May 2017 4:34 PM

We had a very successful day of training on Saturday May 6th in our Cork Office with Marie Delaney from The Learning Harbour entitled 'The effects of disrupted attachment on learning and behaviour'. This was well attended by foster carers, staff and teachers.

If you want to learn more about what Marie Delaney does please visit her website www.thelearningharboour.ie


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on 08 May 2017 7:19 PM

Five Rivers Fostering recently held a very productive new beginnings training in our Kilkenny office. We had 16 young people attend a very enjoyable training event that helps children who foster prepare for the exciting world of fostering. There were a range of age groups present on the date and all the young people were involved in a host of different activities that increases their awareness and understanding in relation to fostering. We think you will see from the photos that there was a great day had by all.

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on 04 May 2017 5:49 PM

Five Rivers Fostering have been informed that the Women's Lifestyle Event scheduled to take place in Mahon Point shopping centre from 27th - 30th March has been cancelled.

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on 27 Mar 2017 11:46 AM

The Guardian has shared an interesting article surrounding the work of social workers. The piece focusses primarily on birth families, but it is also applicable to the work done with families who foster and young children in foster care. Please follow the link below to read the article:



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on 23 Mar 2017 12:36 PM

There was a great turn out for Five Rivers Fostering's Limerick coffee morning, which was hosted at Miss Marples Tearooms. Foster carers come together on these coffee mornings for discussion and to build links with fellow foster families.

Five Rivers would like to thank Miss Marples Tearooms for hosting, and for all the foster carers who attended.

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on 21 Feb 2017 10:58 AM

Today, Tuesday 7th February, is Internet Safety Day. As such, Five Rivers Fostering would like to highlight a helpful website where parents and foster carers can get more information about safe internet use.

With the internet becoming more and more accessable via smartphones, tablets, and a general increase in the range of internet access throughout the country, it is important to keep potential online dangers in mind. Please follow the link below to get informaton regarding safe internet and social media use for young people.

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on 07 Feb 2017 6:20 PM

On the 5th November 2016 Five Rivers Fostering held a cultural awareness day in our Kilkenny House. This was attended by foster carers, birth children, foster children, staff and external organisations such as the Meath Traveller Group. The day was organised to recognise and celebrate the different cultures amongst our foster carers and our foster children. There was a great turn out on the day with various foster carers from various cultures getting involved in presentations and cooking samplers of their traditional dishes.

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on 09 Jan 2017 2:33 PM