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Caring for Grandchildren in Kinship Care: What Difficulties Face Irish Grandparents

The launch of "Caring for Grandchildren in Kinship Care: What Difficulties Face Irish Grandparents with Drug-Dependent Children?" took place in Dublin's Mansion House on Tuesday 22nd March 2016.  The event was very well attended and attracted media coverage.


The article was written by Megan O'Leary MSc, Developement Worker with the National Family Support Network & Shane Butler PhD, Trinity College and published in the Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, (Volume 15, Issue 4, 2015). The journal cites the article as being:- 

"This article presents the findings of a small qualitative study of the experience of Irish grandparents providing full-time care for grandchildren whose birth parents were drug-dependent. In addition to the stresses and strains directly associated with caregiving of this kind, grandparents also reported considerable dissatisfaction with the support they received from statutory health and social service systems. In particular, they were critical of the attitudes of child protection social workers who, it was suggested, believed that grandparent carers in these circumstances did not need or deserve formal support."

Please click on the image to bring you the website where the article is available. If you have any queries please call our office on 01-898 01 48 or email info@fsn.ie 

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