The Orchard Fostering Team
The team in Orchard Fostering has extensive experience working with vulnerable children and foster families. We recognise the need for a holistic and therapeutic foster service, where our foster carers receive a supportive framework in order to welcome vulnerable children into their homes and grow positively, enjoying the fostering experience.
Kathryn joined Orchard Fostering in 2019 as the Managing Director of the service. Kathryn has over 25 years experience in the healthcare sector including her role as Chief Operations Officer of the Mater Private Healthcare Group. Kathryn has an MBA from the Smurfit Business School and serves as a non executive director for Pieta House.
Principal Social Worker
Jenny joined Orchard Fostering in 2017 and leads the clinical team. Jenny obtained her master’s degree in social work in 2009. Jenny has also worked as a counsellor since 2013 and qualified as a psychotherapist in 2016. Jenny has extensive experience in foster care and is a member of the TUSLA Foster Care Committee in Dublin North City, this committee oversees all issues related to foster carers.
Aoife joined Orchard Fostering in 2014 and has held a number of social work positions including Acting Principal. Aoife established the formal quality function in 2018 to ensure the best outcomes for children and their carers. Aoife obtained her master’s degree in social work from UCG in 2009 and prior to joining Orchard fostering worked in the field of child protection and disability.
Team Leader Support Services
Orla joined Orchard Fostering in 2014 as a social worker and was promoted to the role of Team Leader for Support Services in 2017 and is responsible for managing a team of link workers who provide support to the foster carers in the service. Orla graduated from UCD in 2013 with a Masters in Social Work and prior to joining Orchard Fostering worked in the fostering service in Tusla.
Team Leader Assessment Services
Niamh joined Orchard Fostering in 2016 as the Assessment Team Leader and is responsible for managing a team of social workers who are responsible for assessing and training prospective foster carers. Niamh obtained her social work degree from Trinity College in 2010. Prior to joining Orchard Fostering she worked in the fields of child protection and medical social work.
Team Leader Social Care
Sabrina joined Orchard Fostering in 2012 as a social care worker and was promoted to the role of Team Leader in 2016. Sabrina leads a team of social care professionals who provide direct support and therapy to foster children and foster families. Sabrina graduated with a BA in Social Care from DIT in 2010 and is also a qualified play therapist. Prior to joining Orchard Fostering Sabrina worked in the children’s residential sector.