Danielle is an alumni of the foster care system in Ireland and a former relative foster carer. She holds a BA (Hons) in Social Care and an MA in Applied Social Studies (through research) and is currently in her final year of a PhD in Child and Youth Studies at University College Dublin. Danielle’s research interests are fuelled by her multi-faceted experience of foster care and her areas of expertise include resilience, identity, children’s geographies and alternative care systems.
Danielle is a lecturer in Personal and Professional Development, Applied Social Studies, Youth at Risk and Sociology on the Social Care courses at Waterford Institute of Technology. She has been an active member of IFCA, IFCO, Power4Youth and Eurochild presenting plenaries and workshops at various national and international events.
However, Danielle’s greatest passion is working with and advocating for young people and she has dedicated a considerable part of her life to improving alternative care for children. She has designed and facilitated training for young people, foster carers and social workers both at national and international level. Danielle sits on research advisory groups for the Irish Foster Care Association and Tusla, the Child and Family Agency Ireland. She also represents IFCO in the Opening Doors Campaign and the European Children in Alternative Care (CiAC) research group.