FORUM National Consultation in Czeck Republic
On Friday, August 23, the Forum final conference was held in Czeck Republic, where the Concept for the Transition of Unaccompanied minors to Foster Family Care was presented.
The discussion brought to the attention of key stakeholders will help to change the system of care for these vulnerable children and that they will also have a chance to grow up in families.
The presentation by Majrolein Groen of NIDOS, which presented the Dutch system of care for abandoned foreigners' children and current good practice, was very inspiring.
At the same time, the start of a new project to support host families was announced, which is an important part of the system of support for unaccompanied minors.
National Guidance on Minimum Standards
The Guidance on Minimum Standards for provision of foster care for Unaccompanied Migrant Children elaborated by the expert group within the FORUM project led to the elaboration of 6 National Guidance on Standards aiming at providing relevant standards to the national system of protection and reception for Unaccompanied Migrant Children.
The project partners in Italy, Spain, Hungary, Czeck Republic, Austria and Slovenia have engaged relevant key actors and stakeholders to set up an advisory group in each of the country involved; representatives from the third sectors, professionals, local authorities, members of international organizations, cultural mediators, foster families have been called to systematize experiences, to discuss and share good practices and challenges in order to propose a guidance for promoting a quality foster care service for unaccompanied migrant children.
The Guidance provided suggestions and principle that the advisory group has adapted to the different national context.
The National Guidance are available on the FORUM website and on partner website:
A paper reporting findings from the first UK study into the experience of foster care for unaccompanied asylum seeking young people assesses the progress made by young people during placement, the strategies that appeared helpful to relationship building, and the extent to which young people had become integrated within the wider network of family relationships. The study describes issues arising from initial assessment and preparation for fostering and the ways in which young people and foster carers adjusted to their lives together.
For more information: https://bettercarenetwork.org/library/the-continuum -of-care/foster-care/supporting-unaccompanied-asylum%E2%80%90seeking-young-people-the-experience-of-foster-care
FORUM Training Package for Professionals
The Training Package is designed with the contribution of the expert group constituted within the project FORUM and all partners. This package is designed for professionals working with Unaccompanied Migrant Children, providing them with tools and documents that can enlarge the knowledge on foster care practices in Europe and raise awareness on the benefits of foster care for Unaccompanied Migrant Children and for the reception system as a whole.
To download the training package: https://forum-project.alberodellavita.org/materials/
The training package has been translated in 6 languages to facilitate professionals from Italy, Hungary, Slovenia, Spain, Austria and Czeck Republic. The translated version can be downloaded from the FORUM website
This project has been founded with support from the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Program of the European Union. This publication reflects the views only of the author and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made on the information contained therein.