Tusla is Ireland’s statutory provider of fostering services to children. Tusla fostering teams across the country recruit, assess, train and support foster carers. Tusla recruits general foster carers who are not related to the children they foster, and relative carers who care for a child of an extended family member. Tusla also contract fostering services to private fostering companies when the agency does not have capacity to place a child in need at a given time with Tusla carers. The number of Tusla general foster carers has fallen from 2,955 in 2015 to 2,631 in Q2 2019. The number of relative carers has fallen from 1,194 to 1,104 in the same period, nationally. Tusla provide carers with a weekly allowance of up to €352 per week per child. Each child in foster care will have their own medical card.