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Danielle Douglas (Ireland)

Danielle is an alumni of foster care and was a relative foster carer. She has dedicated a considerable part of her life to improving alternative care for children. Upon completion of a degree in Social Care, she applied for a competitive scholarship from the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs and was successful. She holds an MA in Research and is currently conducting a PhD in Child and Youth Studies at University College Dublin and her research interests include resilience, identity, children’s geographies and alternative care systems. Danielle is a lecturer in Social Care 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. She has designed and facilitated training to 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 is married with two children.