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Ulster GAA joins key sports organisations to support HSC NI Foster Care

March 7th, 2024

Ulster GAA, alongside the IFA and NI Sports Forum, continues to lend its support to HSC NI Foster Care by encouraging its members and supporters to consider fostering and to give children a brighter future.

Sport is at the core of every community across Northern Ireland and in every community there are children and young people who are reliant on foster care.

Both sports and HSC NI Foster Care share common interests in that they seek to promote the wellbeing and development of children and young people to optimise their potential and life opportunities. The importance of families, a sense of community, and teamwork also feature heavily in their ethos.

Every child and young person deserves to live in a stable and nurturing home. There are many reasons for the creation of instability within a family which results in children and young people needing to be cared for by foster carers. A lack of foster carers means it is not always possible for a child or young person to be cared for by a foster family who lives in the same geographical area, which would ensure they can continue to see friends and attend their sports/youth clubs or hobbies. Some children also have to travel longer distances to school.

To lessen the disruption in a child/young person’s life HSC NI Foster Care needs additional foster families across the north and greatly appreciates the support of sporting organisations to help them achieve this goal.

Eimear Hanna, HSC NI Foster Care said: “We are so grateful to all our foster carers who provide safe and loving homes, and go above and beyond every day for the children and young people they care for. We’re delighted that the key sporting organisations have committed to championing the need for recruiting more foster carers and helping us spread the word about fostering to all communities in Northern Ireland.

“We want children to remain within their own local communities, where possible, so we really need more people from diverse backgrounds to come forward and open their homes and hearts to children and young people in need. There are different ways you can help as not all foster care requires a full-time commitment.”

You can foster whether you are married, a couple or are single, you own or rent your home, you work or are unemployed, or whether you are a parent or not. HSC NI foster carers receive 24/7 support, a wide range of training, ongoing development opportunities, financial allowances, as well as paid membership of The Fostering Network and access to family activities and support groups.

Call HSC NI Foster Care on 0800 0720 137 or visit for more information.



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