A Peek Into Several European Countries
By: Tuva Aasen
“One Family” which was founded in 1971 is an Irish NGO constantly striving to support and better the everyday lives of one-parent families in Ireland. They fight to ensure their families’ equality and respect in the present as well as the future. Their vision is as follows: “One Family believes in an Ireland where every family is cherished equally and enjoys the social, financial and legal equality to create their own positive futures.” One family provides a wide range of professional services, support and information to already one-parent families as well as women experiencing unplanned or a crisis pregnancy to help create positive changes. Among their services you’ll find a helpline and info, parenting courses, parenting supports such as workshops and parent mentoring, child contact centers, counseling and more. Midst their many values, one family puts the well being of children at the uppermost importance. One family recognizes that all families are unique and therefore require assistance and direction tailored to them and what best fits their needs. Their client-centered approach accentuates their professionals to be entirely non-judgmental, and allows them to strive for excellence while upholding hope for families when families themselves struggle to do so. One family gets most of its income through service agreements, project funding and grants from statutory agencies. In addition to this they try to reach out for people to donate through fundraising events, which usually leads to support from the private sector as well as the general public. Considering the fact that 1 in 8 people in Ireland live in a one-parent family and that 1 in 4 families with children in Ireland is a one-parent family, it is obvious that the work one family performs is highly needed. More key facts and figures about one-parent families in Ireland are to be found here. In addition, check out great case studies and moving stories made possible thanks to one family.