Atlantic Philanthropies Awards $8.8 Million for Irish Family Services

Dublin-based has announced an €8.3 million ($8.8 million) grant from in support of a comprehensive family services initiative.

The grant will support the state agency's Prevention, Partnership and Family Support program, which aims to prevent or mitigate risks to children and young people by providing family supports that emphasize early intervention and prevention as opposed to crisis management. To that end, the program will focus on the training and building of capacity within Tusla and its external partners, including the development of a strategic approach to commissioning children's services from the community and local charitable organizations. The funds also will support the development and launch of , a Web-based resource for parenting and family well-being information; an early-intervention toolkit; and individual program brochures that include information geared toward parents and children.

"The AP grant is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change how we do child protection and family support," said Tusla chairperson Norah Gibbons. "It will enable Tusla to build sustainable capacity to deliver early intervention and preventative work, which would not have been possible without the support of AP. Importantly, it will create space to develop and embed a new way of working without [diverting] resources from existing services to children and young people at risk."

"." Tusla – Child and Family Agency Press Release 04/13/2015.