A portrait photo of Eugene Bigley, a team member at Origins Foster Care smiling and looking at the camera.

Eugene Bigley

Operations Manager

Eugene has been a professionally qualified social worker for over 30 years and has experience working in both the public and independent sectors, with foster children and families. Eugene has sat on approval committees and acted as Chairperson in relation to foster care applications.

Eugene strongly believes in supporting foster carers through providing a solid framework for managing the vulnerability and distress children experience when being placed with a new family. Throughout his career, Eugene has not only been a link social worker, but managed teams who worked directly with the foster carers.

Eugene has been instrumental in developing supports for Foster Careers, helping children overcome their early childhood experiences and witnessing the difference that a positive influence makes in children’s lives.

Throughout his own career and working with excellent, well informed clinicians, he has been proud to be part of a service that clearly proves how a good and well supported family environment can achieve such fantastic outcomes for children in alternative care.

Incorporating his extensive knowledge, gained over 30 years of working with foster families, foster children and excellent clinicians, Origins Foster Care will provide a holistic and therapeutic service, where Foster Careers will gain all the support needed.

An extra insight into the personal life of Eugene: Eugene is a father of four children and grandfather to one!

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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