Our Staff

Dr Joe Moran


Strategy and Policy Manager

Joe Moran is a former social worker who worked for a time in child protection services in the UK and Ireland. Joe was subsequently employed by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs’ Refugee Agency as Senior Resettlement Officer.

For 15 years Joe lectured in social policy at the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), Ireland. Here he taught about children’s rights and social policy for many years to social care and early childhood studies undergraduate students.

In late 2018 Joe left his post at WIT and relocated to Perth, Western Australia, where he continues to teach part-time at Murdoch University.

Joe has responsibility for supporting IFCO’s Board of Directors on strategy and policy. His role is to develop IFCO internal governance and management policies and procedures and externally he works to promote IFCO as the leading international not-for-profit organisation in the field of foster and kinship care.

Jean Anne Kennedy


Operations and Projects Manager

Jean Anne Kennedy’s parents were foster carers, and her experience of foster care has shaped her life and career. She has had a long association with IFCO and first attended an IFCO conference in 1999 as a teenager.

Jean Anne’s involvement with IFCO has included presenting workshops and plenaries at IFCO conferences and other forums. She was an IFCO Director from 2009-2017 and served as Vice-President from 2011-2015. She was Conference Liaison for IFCO2012 and IFCO2013 and co-organiser of the IFCO2014, IFCO2016 and IFCO2017 Conferences.

Jean Anne is also an independent consultant and advocate at European and international level, working in social services, foster care, strategic planning and partnerships, child rights, and youth participation.

Jean Anne holds an Honours Degree in Sociology and English, and an MA (Sociology). Jean Anne is pursuing a PhD at the Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland.