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Our new online parenting course starts in Spring 2015. Of benefit to parents in all family forms,  parents will receive a weekly email with practical and reflective exercises and can participate in online Q&A sessions. The time commitment is one to hours per week over eight weeks. It is free!

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Professionals

Invest in your professional development in 2015 with our acclaimed Positive Parenting for Changing Families and Family Communications programmes.  These 3-day One Family accredited programmes will enhance your group and one-to-one work with families. The manuals are resources you will use again and again. Call Paula on 01 662 9212 to find out more.

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Registration is now open for our Spring 2015 parenting courses in Dublin 2 and online. Also Welfare to Work programmes including New Futures and Options are enrolling. These programmes for people who parent alone or share parenting offer a range of wrap-around supports including mentoring and free childcare in our crèche.  Call 01 662 9212 or click below to find out more.

 

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Are you expecting a baby or have you recently become a parent? Are you in care or have you just moved into your own place? If the answer is ‘yes’ to both questions, the Pregnancy & Parenting Support Service at One Family is here to help you. This is a free service that you can contact yourself. Text or call us on 086 079 3072 to find out more. Referrals also accepted.

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This short video features three families who currently are not recognised by the Irish Constitution. We believe All Families Matter. Watch and share if you do too.

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Press Release | Marriage Equality Referendum ‘No’ Campaigners: Stop Using and Abusing Lone Parents

Press Release Marriage Equality Referendum ‘No’ Campaigners: Stop Using and Abusing Lone Parents (Dublin, Friday 17 April 2015) One Family – Ireland’s organisation for people parenting alone, sharing parenting and separating – is dismayed by the untruths being promoted by many main ‘No’ campaigners in the lead up to the Marriage Equality Referendum on 22 May. One Family rejects the suggestion that people parenting alone will lose rights if the Referendum is passed and notes the extensive evidence-base showing that children do just as well in one-parent families as married two-parent families when sufficient resources are in place. Karen Kiernan, One Family[...]
Parenting | 10 Ways to Parent a Young Adult

Parenting | 10 Ways to Parent a Young Adult

Moving from constant active parenting when our children are young to the parenting of a young adult can be difficult. Raising our children dominates our lives for so long that it can be tough to know what to do with ourselves once they grow up and begin to explore their independence and build lives of their own. This week in our '10 Ways to' series of parenting tips, we share some ideas to support you to define and embrace your role as the parent of a young adult. Space; allow your young adult their own space. Accept that they may not want or need to[...]
Parenting | How do you parent your child who is now a young adult?

Parenting | How do you parent your child who is now a young adult?

As parents, we experience many transitions as our children grow. For so many years you may have felt physically exhausted raising your child. When they are a baby, you think it will be easier when they start to walk. When they walked, you realised it was still hard. You think once they go to school it will be easier and soon you realise the endless work involved in after school runs and play dates, not to mention homework. You may have dreaded the teen years. How would your child cope when they took their first drink? How do you cope when[...]
In His Own Words | Dean's Story - When My Parents Separated, Part 3

In His Own Words | Dean's Story - When My Parents Separated, Part 3

Dean contacted One Family because he wished to share his personal experience of when his parents separated. In the third and final part of a series, this is Dean’s story in his own words. He is now 16 years old. So, where do we end up after years of arguments, confusion and ambiguity? There are only two real outcomes; one being the future continues on, with separated parents; and the other, continuing on with reconciled parents. In my case I am currently living with both of my parents, who have managed to work through their issues after one and a half[...]
Statement | Clarification of One Family Policy Position in Relation to One-Parent Family Payment Reform

Statement | Clarification of One Family Policy Position in Relation to One-Parent Family Payment Reform

Statement One Family is very disappointed by comments made in relation to our policy work on TV3’s Tonight with Vincent Browne show on Wednesday 1 April 2015. To set the record straight, One Family does not endorse the reforms to the One Parent Family Payment (OFP) as currently being implemented by Government. We have stated previously that changes are necessary as one-parent families are continuously those most at risk of, or living in, poverty in Ireland today which is not acceptable. We have made numerous proposals and submissions to Government on how progressive, positive changes could be made - changes that would[...]

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Family Day

Family Day

One Family is the founder of the Family Day Festival, the largest celebration of the diversity of families in Ireland today with 10,000 attending in 2013. Join in the fun and celebrate all families every May!

Single Issue

Single Issue

'Single Issue', the memoir of our founder Maura O'Dea Richards (Poolbeg Press), is available as an e-Book for just €5. It is a moving, funny and fascinating read. Please support our work by purchasing a copy today.