Demystifying Family Crisis :: Supporting Foster Carers

Relationship breakdown support

Who Am I?

Kirsten Gronning: I am a Family crisis coach and a leader in supporting clients through family conflict, relationship breakdown and helping foster carers in disputes with fostering services.

An accredited relationship coach with a Diploma in Life Coaching, I established a relationship and marriage breakdown support coaching business in 2006 working with clients on a 1-1 basis. In 2009 Breakup Angels was launched with other professionals concerned that traditional confrontational methods of resolving family conflict were impacting negatively on family life and resources. We promoted and practiced less costly alternatives including raising awareness of the value of seeking relationship help before it's too late and inexpensive strategies to go forward when reconciliation is no longer an option.

As well as providing relationship and marriage breakdown support, since 2010 I have been an approved foster carer with back-to-back placements for the most vulnerable looked after children. With the Children's Workforce Diploma under my belt (2016), I also intend to graduate this summer with a BA (Hons) in Health and Social Care (Open University). This mix of academic theory, practical experience and coaching methods gives me an edge in untangling client's complex family conflict. I managed my own challenging divorce over a decade ago and have written numerous articles including as an on-line Agony Aunt. As the casework officer of the Foster Carer Workers branch of the IWGB Union, I am committed to campaigning for basic worker rights for foster carers and providing independent support in disputes with fostering services.

Member: European Mentoring and Coaching Council

As a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC UK) I subscribe to their code of ethics. Read more here of our codes of ethics and conduct. I have professional liability insurance and am continually adding to my training and development portfolio.


There is rarely one single place to find support when a family conflict erupts. Coupled with the stigma and (often) the shame associated with the more 'messier' aspects of life it's unsurprising that we avoid confronting issues before they blow up. 

But if it's too late to prevent the crisis, ensure you keep strong enough to support your loved ones by getting in touch here and discovering how a focused conversation can open up new ways to find help through family crisis or foster carer investigation.

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