Compass Fostering Services (CFS) main aim is to recruit, train and support individuals and families interested in becoming foster carers. We develop foster carers that are capable of caring for vulnerable and complex children and young people in their home environment.

We feel that placing an increasing emphasis on the supports given to foster carers and their requirement to engage in them, will in turn promote the foster children and young people in their care to reach their full potential and developmentally grow throughout their placements.

CFS aspires to enact its philosophy around the care of children and young people to enable the best quality upbringing and experiences for those growing up and living with foster carers.

The main objective for foster carers is to provide a stable, warm home environment, develop secure attachments and establish trustworthy caring relationships with children and young people who have experienced neglect, trauma and abuse.

One of the important objectives CFS has is to offer and provide a continuity of care for the children and young people already in its existing care settings. Fundamentally, we want the importance of 'good enough' attachments and trusting relationships being maintained, as children and young people transition from their 'out of home' care environment to a foster care placement.

It is essential to note that CFS will support the needs of children and young people who are outside of Compass' current services. The necessity and demand for specialised foster care placements is critical. CFS will promote working partnerships and relational offers in collaborating with external professionals and their agency organisations.

"If you want to be a pedagogue (carer) you have to learn to talk with children instead of to them. You have to learn to trust their capacities and possibilities"
- JANUSZ KORCZAK (1878-1942)

Each child will be viewed first and foremost as a child capable of being cared for, by those willing and committed to provide them with unconditional positive regard or love. Other prominent Principles that guide us are:
To promote optimal development and functioning of the child or young person in partnership with their parents/caregivers
To provide a holistic family centred practice/service
To be accessible, flexible and responsive to foster carer's needs
To value and empower parents/caregivers
To provide a Link Social Worker and Fostering Support Worker for families and young people
To ensure the delivery of reliable and well established interventions drawn from a wide range of theories and practices
To ensure evidence based best practice principles are identified and adhered to

CFS is guided by the fundamental principles of Social Pedagogy and strives to incorporate those principles on how we engage with children, young people, families, foster cares, professionals and how we deliver our services.

CFS also reflects those corporate principles and values of the Tusla Child and Family Agency, that emphasis accessibility of services for local communities and the qualities of trust, respect and collaboration partnership.

"Social Pedagogy as a theory of all the personal, social and moral education in a given society, including the descriptions of what has happened in practice"
- KARL MAGER (1810-1858)