The Istituto degli Innocenti (IDI) (www.istitutodeglinnocenti.it) is a public body that carries out documentation, research, analysis and training on matters related to the promotion of children’s rights. At national level IDI performs the functions of National Center of Documentation and Analysis on Childhood and Adolescence (www.minori.it); and has an agreement with the Department of Equal opportunities and the Commission for Intercountry Adoptions.
Nidos, the Dutch guardianship institution for unaccompanied children, has years of positive experiences and knowledge development with reception provisions within families in the Netherlands. The team responsible for reception in families, located all over the Netherlands, is responsible for recruitment, screening, matching and a moderate level of guiding of all the foster families in Nidos’ foster families pool (approximately 1500 families). Furthermore, Nidos is a CEDEO-certified training institute, providing professional training in youth care, acknowledged in a professional points-system. Nidos and partners developed the ALFACA-training in 2015-2016.
The SOS Children’s Village of Vicenza has been working since 1981 to guarantee family-oriented education and assistance services as well as services for minors and their families. Today it is an integrated system of services within the city context and operates in the area of protection interventions while remaining constantly attentive to territorial socio-cultural needs. For children inserted in their origin family, but exposed to situations of hardship or risk, the Village intervenes protecting the physical, psychological and emotional well-being of the child, developing family support programs to overcome difficult situations.
METAdrasi is a Greek NGO, founded in 2010, which helps facilitate the reception and integration of refugees, immigrants and unaccompanied children in Greece. It focuses on activities not covered by public authorities or other NGOs in Greece. It implements pioneering solutions to critical and long-standing problems, around two main axes: Protection of unaccompanied children and Interpretation. Other major activities include Education & Integration and Protection of vulnerable groups. METAdrasi’s input is both practical and humanitarian, providing access to interpretation, protection and other necessary services, while ensuring the respect of basic human rights, to those displaced.
The National Foster Care Association is a Bulgarian NGO that has been established by foster parents throughout the country. It includes 40% of foster parents in Bulgaria. The organization encourages foster care and foster parenting in the Republic of Bulgaria by improving the lives and care of children through foster care and the enhancement of its quality. One of the tasks of the foster parents’ association is to encourage foster care as a high-humane activity and the implementation of standards that ensure that children are in a safe, secure and developing environment. NFCA turns foster care into an attractive and desirable activity and assists foster parents who are members of the organization to defend their common interests in addressing specific issues in the care for foster children.
The know-how center for alternative childcare was created by leading experts in the field of deinstitutionalization of the care for Bulgarian children. The know-how center for alternative childcare is part of the academic structure of New Bulgarian University. The Center supports the Bulgarian Government with regard to the closure of specialized institutions for children and the consideration of the individual needs and needs of the child. The know-how center for alternative childcare works with government, local authorities, government agencies and non-governmental organizations to empower communities to care for children and solve their problems, including reducing the risk of institutionalization of children in Bulgaria. The Center works with the government to develop an effective strategy for deinstitutionalization and the development of family care and enhancement of the Bulgarian expertise for deinstitutionalization project management. The aim of the center is to ensure adequate deinstitutionalization by providing analysis of errors and implementation stages at policy level. The Center’s experts support improvement, coordination and communication in the process of deinstitutionalization with all stakeholders. The know-how center works to enhance the skills and qualifications of all childcare professionals and to exchange experiences and good practices and develop services for children and families.
The unaccompanied foreign minors service of Comune di Firenze follows unaccompanied minors, without parental figures, in the Florentine territory, from 14 to 18 years of age. The Office, at the request of the police, places unaccompanied foreign minors in centres or structures for minors in Florence and other Italian cities; it also follows unaccompanied foreign minors seeking political asylum in agreement with the Ministry of the Interior and the Prefecture.