Newtownabbey man details experiences as annual Foster Care Fortnight launched

A Newtownabbey man is encouraging people to consider becoming foster carers.

Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 2:23 pm

Dylan Sloan made the appeal as HSC Northern Ireland Foster Care co-hosted the launch of The Fostering Network’s annual Foster Care Fortnight.

Dylan (25) is a single carer who looks after teenagers with disabilities on a short term basis. He said: “Go for it! I thought about fostering from a very young age and recently turned my motivation into reality.

“Don’t rule yourself out because you don’t think you are a stereotypical foster carer.

A Newtownabbey man is encouraging people to consider becoming foster carers.

“I have worked with young people for years and I’m glad I can now use those skills to provide support and security to young people who need a home.

“Go along to your local HSC Foster Care information session and learn more about what fostering involves, and don’t forget to have fun along the way.”

Around 2,780 children and young people are currently living in foster care.

Una Carragher, manager of HSC NI Foster Care Central Service, said: “We always need more foster carers and we are confident that generous members of the public will seriously consider foster care in the weeks and months ahead.”

To find out how you could give a child or young person a brighter future, call 0800 0720 137 or visit


Click here to read Civil ceremony approval for Antrim and Newtownabbey wedding venues


A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this article. We’re more reliant on your support than ever as the shift in consumer habits brought about by Coronavirus impacts our advertisers.
Please consider purchasing a copy of the paper. You can also support trusted, fact-checked journalism by taking out a digital subscription of the News Letter.