The Irish Foster Care Association (IFCA) has launched its position paper on fostering to adoption.

Legislation introduced last year paved the way for the adoption of children in foster care where it is in their best interests.

An amendment to the 2010 Adoption Act means children in foster care can now be adopted for the first time with the consent of their parents or at the direction of the High Court.

It provides for the adoption of children who have been in care for at least 36 months.

The IFCA has initiated the position paper to start the conversation about the needs of children in foster care who may be moving into adoption, and the needs of foster carers who are seeking to adopt children.

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone launched the paper today, which outlines the legal process in which this can happen.

Foster care is the backbone of the care system with 92% of children in the care of the State growing up with foster families. 

IFCA CEO Catherine Bond said there should be a transitional payment for foster parents who are moving to adoption.

At present foster parents get €325 a week if the child is under the age of 12 and €352 if they are over the age of 12.