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Fri 15 Mar

Supporting Informal Kinship Care Families

12.30 - 1.45pm


€5 IASW members/€25 non-members

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Kinship care is the fulltime care of a child by a relative or close family friend when they cannot be cared for by their parent.

Founded by kinship carer Caitriona Nic Mhuiris, Kinship Care Ireland is a program hosted by the charity Treoir. Kinship Care Ireland are committed to providing leadership in the recognition, rights, and social supports for kinship care families. They work with and for kinship care families.

Learning aims/what will be covered:

  • Kinship Care Ireland- who are we and what do we do.
  • What is kinship care- formal & informal.
  • The benefits & challenges of kinship care.
  • Current context of kinship care in Ireland, research nationally and internationally.
  • The voice of kinship carers, the voice of young people in kinship care.
  • In the interim of policy- what can we do as practitioners? Useful resources and information to share with kinship carers at the time of case closure.
  • Getting the right information to kinship carers, at the right time.
  • Q&A


Laura Dunleavy is National Program Manager at Kinship Care Ireland. In her previous 11 years working in social care, she was fortunate to work alongside many resilient kinship care families. Laura is very aware of the often-unheard challenges and sacrifices of the role and also the immeasurable benefits for so many children, families and communities. Laura is passionate about advocating for change and bringing recognition, value and support to kinship care families.