Promoting Foster Care for Unaccompanied Children in Europe

“PROFUCE” is the acronym for “Promoting Foster Care for Unaccompanied Children in Europe”
The general goal of the project is to build social services’ capacity and awareness to promote a high quality system supporting foster families for unaccompanied minors, UAM’s.


“Promoting Foster Care
for Unaccompanied Children in Europe”

Specific objectives are:

– Increasing the number of foster parents to respond to UAM’s specific and varied needs;

-Increasing the competences of foster parents, educators and social workers to respond to UAM’s specific and varied needs;

-Integrating and establishing the ALFACA methodology in social services’ foster care work with families, local services, and national authorities and at transnational level;

– Increasingthe number of UAMs placed in foster families in the countries partners of the project.

The project takes into account the activities and training modules created by NIDOS on the specific area of foster care for UAMs through the adaption of the ALFACA modules. Alternative Family Care, ALFACA, is a training developed by Nidos Foundation (the Netherlands) in cooperation with the Danish Red Cross. PROFUCE, therefore, maximize the impact of this good practice on building services capacity to support host families that take care of unaccompanied children. It also takes it a step further, by focusing on the recruitment of foster parents and their trainings, thus filling an important gap in the system and strengthening the public service capacity to enable family care of the highest standard.

The project involves seven Municipalities: in Italy Vicenza and Florence, that are strategic municipalities responsible for high numbers of unaccompanied children. In Greece the action will be implemented in Athens and Thessaloniki. In Bulgaria the action will benefit 3 municipalities close to the borders with Turkey, Serbia and Romania: Haskovo, Pernik and Vidin.






Countries Involved


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