Why Foster with Origins

A trauma-informed approach
We cultivate lasting relationships, built upon trust and respect and support our carers to provide a trauma informed approach when caring for our children.
Local experts with years of experience
All Origins social workers are highly qualified with many years of experience between them.
High level training and ongoing support
We provide real, easily accessible and practical support to our foster carers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
A female origins foster carer smiling and holding a young child while at the seashore.
A female and a male origins foster carer smiling at a young child who is reaching out to pet a golden retriever with its tongue hanging out of its mouth.

Our Philosophy

Everything we do is based on a deep understanding of each child’s origins that shaped who they are. We support our carers to become familiar with each child’s individual experiences, life events, culture, physical, emotional and developmental needs.

This awareness enables our foster carers and other professionals to ensure that each child’s uniqueness is treasured and identified as an opportunity to grow.

We value our carers

Origins has a strong ethos of respecting and valuing foster carers for what they do, and the critical role they play in the lives of the children in their care.

We recognise the invaluable role played by our foster carers in sharing their lives with the children. We ensure that our foster carers are fully trained and provided with real and practical support at every step.

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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Get in touch

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087 052 9749
Social Work Placement Referrals
Tel. 01 9079196 / placements@originsfostercare.ie