Our Vision

One Family believes in an Ireland where every family is cherished equally, and is enabled to enjoy the social, financial and legal equality to create their own positive futures.

Our Mission

One Family is working to ensure a positive and equal future for people parenting alone, sharing parenting and separating – changing attitudes, policies, services and lives. Together with these one-parent families, we are committed to achieving equality and respect for all families.

In addition to striving for fundamental attitudinal and structural change in our society, our services support individual families through times of change and difficulty, as well as those experiencing a crisis pregnancy. We know that every family is unique, and so we work in a family-centred way to bring about better lives for parents and children.

Our Values

Respect, compassion for and acceptance of the parents, children and organisations that we come in contact with are at the heart of what we do. We connect with others in a relationship of equals and are completely non-judgmental.

We believe that we can hold the hope for the families we work with, especially when they are unable to.We achieve this through innovation, excellence, accountability and our family-centred approach.

Since being founded as Cherish in 1972, One Family has been an organisation of determination, passion and courage, working with integrity towards achieving equality for all families in Ireland.

How will our vision become a reality?

One Family is an organisation that critiques and develops policies as well as being a specialist service provider; therefore our focus is to deliver positive policy and attitudinal changes for the families we represent at a national level. This focus on improving the lives of one-parent families through policy and attitudinal change is the fundamental focus of all our work.

“One Family is Ireland’s national organisation for one-parent families. We work with all types and all members of one-parent families, respecting the realities of family life, to affect positive change and achieve equality and social inclusion for all one-parent families in Ireland.”

— Karen Kiernan, CEO

Working towards an Ireland where every family is cherished equally.

Every three years, One Family sets out its goals and objectives for the short-term future in a strategic plan. Our current strategy runs until 2018.

You can read or download it here: One Family Strategy 2016-2018



We want Ireland to have achieved the following by 2020:

  • The Constitution and legislature will recognise and respect the rich diversity of all family forms and structures in Ireland today;
  • The necessary family support services will be available for people parenting alone, sharing parenting, and separating;
  • Poverty rates for children in one-parent families will be dramatically reduced and comparable to that of the general population; and
  • One-parent families will be widely recognised, understood and celebrated as positive family forms.

Governance and Funding

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