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Cíara Farrell

Senior Practitioner, Link Social Worker

Cíara graduated with an honour’s degree in Social Work from Trinity College Dublin and has a National Qualification in Social Work. Cíara is registered with CORU and is a full-time fostering link social worker with Origins Foster Care since 2020. Cíara is a qualified risk assessor, having received the Specialist Award in Social Work from the Northern Ireland Social Care Council, and is trained to assess violent and sexual risk, as well as carers’ ability to protect.

Prior to moving to Origins, Cíara worked in Tusla within Adoption and Tracing Services as well as the Sexual Abuse Regional Team, carrying out assessment on allegations of sexual abuse. Cíara has always met this work with a non-judgemental attitude and strengths focused practice.

Outside of work, Cíara’s family are foster carers, which gives her a unique outlook on her role as link worker. Cíara is passionate about the benefit good quality foster care and the power of a trauma informed approach to care.

Meet the team

Mieke Ryan
Head of Fostering

Mieke has been working with children in care and their foster carers since 2003. Throughout her working career her

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Eugene Bigley
Operations Manager

Eugene, a professionally qualified social worker, for over 30 years. With experience working both in the public

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Eithne Larkin
Marketing and Recruitment Lead

Eithne and her family have been foster carers for over 20 years and she brings a great insight into the recruitment of foster carers to her work

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Nikki Darcy
Social Work Team Leader

Nikki like all our Social Work team is CORU registered. She has been working as a social worker with children, their families

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Denise Galvin
Administrator

Denise has been working within the private foster care sector as an Administrator since 2014. During this time, she

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Laura Barcellona
Administrator

Laura works as an administrator in Origins foster care. She joined the agency in December 2020. Prior to her role as fostering

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Clare Gleeson
Recruitment & Assessment Team Leader

Clare joined the Origins foster care team in June 2021, having very recently returned from living in the UK

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Alex Gontijo
Administrator

Alexandre was born in Brazil and moved to Ireland to broaden his educational and work experience. With a degree in

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Cíara Farrell
Senior Practitioner, Link Social Worker

Ciara graduated with an honour’s degree in Social Work from Trinity College Dublin and has a National Qualification

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