One of the unfortunate consequences of decades of stories exposing dysfunction or worse in state-sponsored, institution-run religious orders where vulnerable children were placed is that nearly anything to do with adoption, fostering or even providing short-term care for isolated children seems under a cloud.
Even if this reticence is understandable it is not rational or fair to those who involve themselves in this selfless work with noble intentions.
That misunderstanding is behind Tusla’s first-ever foster care information campaign, which begins today.
Supported by the Foster Care Association, the objective is to reassure those who might consider offering their services as a foster parent. More than 6,000 children are in one form of care or another but the vast majority are in foster placements.
There are, of course, instances where even the best laid, well-intended plans go wrong but the great majority of cases end with a positive outcome.
In a world where darkness can seem in the ascendant, fostering gives those in a position to offer their services an opportunity for direct, meaningful action that more often than not will have a positive outcome for the fostered child and the foster parents.
Virtue may be its own reward but in this case the rewards can be far greater, far more substantial than might be imagined. In a world where so many people look away, fostering is a chance to do the brave and right thing.