Aftercare involves continuing to provide support, planning, advice and guidance to each young person who leaves the care system at 18 years of age.
Focus Ireland has been providing accommodation and support to young people leaving care since 1999. We provide dedicated residential aftercare services, support and settlement services and long-term housing in Dublin, Waterford, Limerick and Sligo.
Our residential aftercare services provide self-contained, residential accommodation for young people who are not ready to live on their own yet. The aim of the residential programme is to enable each resident to gain the knowledge and skills they need to live on their own and be part of a community, and to do so in a supportive environment.
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Our Aftercare Support and Settlement services provide specialised one-to-one support to help young people through the process of leaving care and becoming independent. Aftercare workers begin working with young people before they leave care, to help them prepare and plan their move from care to living in the community in their own accommodation. Aftercare workers continue supporting them until they have settled.
Focus Ireland also provides long-term housing for care leavers by working in collaboration with Tusla, local authorities and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. All Focus Ireland aftercare services are funded by Tusla.