Fostering Across Borders

Almost 200,000 unaccompanied migrant children sought asylum in Europe since the surge in arrivals of refugees and migrants in 2015.

The Fostering Across Borders project aimed to improve the quality and expand the availability of family-based care for unaccompanied migrant children in six EU Member States: Austria, Belgium, Greece, Luxembourg, Poland and the United Kingdom.
A foster carer training programme was developed and professionals (including foster carers) were trained on and supported to better protect and meet the needs of these children.

The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights recognised that family-based care is better than large-scale residences to provide children with a nurturing environment and address their individual needs. The agency found that fewer children go missing from foster care compared to reception centres and institutions, while highlighting that training for professionals remains a high priority to ensure the highest standards of care and protection for these children.

Fostering Across Borders builds on the output of the ALFACA (Alternative Family Care) project , particularly its good practice manual and e-learning package for professional and the experience working with reception families and the unaccompanied children living with them.

Fostering Across Borders Activities

  • Map the existing training gaps and needs for professionals and family-based carers, at national level;
  • Develop and deliver training for professionals and foster carers to enhance their ability to care for unaccompanied migrant children, based on a Training-of-Trainers approach;
  • Produce a foster carer training programme, adapted to each country context;
  • Support the recruitment and retention of family-based carers for unaccompanied migrant children through information sessions, foster carer forums and the development of awareness raising materials;
  • Consult with children and young people to reflect children’s views of family-based care in all the FAB materials (child-centred approach).

Download the FAB project materials produced by each country

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For FAB activities in Austria, please contact Ondine DELAVELLE (odelavelle@iom.int), FAB Project Coordinator, or visit the national FAB page.

 

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Training manual: Caring for unaccompanied migrant children - German

Foster carers play a pivotal role in supporting children to develop the skills necessary to grow and thrive, and to overcome the effects of loss, separation and trauma. This training package will support the delivery of training to family-based carers by providing them with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to provide these children with the best possible standards of care.

The training package has been developed to enable professionals, such as social workers and trainers, and experienced family-based cares, such as foster carers, to run a short modular course for family-baes carers already caring for or looking to foster unaccompanied migrant children.
Download the manual in German

Information leaflet for current and prospective family-based carers - German

Foster carers are one of the most important people in the life of unaccompanied migrant children – children who have had to leave their homes and embark on perilous journeys, and that have no adult who is able to take responsibility for them.

This leaflet aims to help you start thinking about the children’s experiences, what their needs may be, and how you as a foster carer can support them.
Download the leaflet in German

Country of Origin Information - German

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mapping of existing training for family-based carers

This report concentrates on Austria, where FBC is provided to UMC primarily by fostercarers, with the support of a range of professionals.

The report provides a summary of the legal framework within which family-based care is carried out in Austria and of the existing practices in place, and offers an overview of the current national state-of-play regarding the unaccompanied migrant children (UMC) training available to family-based-care providers.

In particular, the report identifies the training’s gaps and needs, and offers recommendations for future provision.
Download the report

Mapping of existing training for professionals

Family-based care in Austria is provided to UMC primarily by foster carers, with the support of a range of professionals.

The report reflects the findings of two surveys (one addressed to relevant institutions and one addressed directly to professionals) and a series of meetings and telephone interviews with key stakeholders dealing with fostering programmes for UMC, which took place between January and June 2018. These surveys and interviews have been supported by a review of literature and relevant reports
Download the report

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For FAB activities in Belgium, please contact Charlotte CRAHAY, IOM Belgium FAB Project Coordinator(ccrahay@iom.int).

Videos in French

 

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Videos in Dutch

 

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Training package (manual and slides): Caring for unaccompanied migrant children

Foster carers play a pivotal role in supporting children to develop the skills necessary to grow and thrive, and to overcome the effects of loss, separation and trauma. This training package will support the delivery of training to family-based carers by providing them with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to provide these children with the best possible standards of care.

The training package has been developed to enable professionals, such as social workers and trainers, and experienced family-based cares, such as foster carers, to run a short modular course for family-baes carers already caring for or looking to foster unaccompanied migrant children.
Download the package (manual and slides) in French
Download the package (manual and slides) in Dutch

Information leaflet for current and prospective family-based carers

Foster carers are one of the most important people in the life of unaccompanied migrant children – children who have had to leave their homes and embark on perilous journeys, and that have no adult who is able to take responsibility for them.

This leaflet aims to help you start thinking about the children’s experiences, what their needs may be, and how you as a foster carer can support them.
Download the leaflet in French
Download the leaflet in Dutch

Country of Origin Information - French

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Country of Origin Information - Dutch

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mapping of existing training for family-based carers

This report concentrates on Belgium and it informs the project’s work by outlining the broad context of fostering for unaccompanied migrant children in Belgium.

The report provides a summary of the legal framework within which family-based care is carried out in Belgium and of the existing practices in place, and offers an overview of the current national state-of-play regarding the unaccompanied migrant children (UMC) training available to family-based-care providers. In particular, the report identifies the training’s gaps and needs, and offers recommendations for future provision..
Download the report

Mapping of existing training for professionals

This report concentrates exclusively on Belgium and it informs the project’s work by outlining the broad context of fostering for UMC, and by mapping the training provision for and training needs of professionals supporting FBC-providers and/or UMC.

In particular, it identifies this training’s gaps and needs and offers recommendations for future provision. The results of this reports are based on a mixed data collection methodology that combines desk research, questionnaires and a survey.
Download the report

FAB in Belgium was implemented in partnership with:

Minor Ndako
Sandra Otten, Project Officer, at sandra.otten@minor-ndako.be

Mentor Escale - Projet familles d'accueil pour mineurs etrangers non accompagnés
Ugo Guillet, Project Manager, at ugo.guillet@mentorescale.be
Maryana Vukadinovic, Pedagogical Focal Point, at mtahri@mentorescale.be

 
 

FAB in Belgium was co-funded by Fedasil

Fedasil - Belgium Federal agency for the reception of asylum seekers
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For FAB activities in Greece, please contact Anastasia ARAPIDOU (aarapidou@iom.int), FAB Project Coordinator.

 

Read the video infosheet in Greek
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Read the video infosheet in Greek
Use this video in your training, as an awareness raising or recrutiment tool.

 

Training package (manual and slides): Caring for unaccompanied migrant children- Greek

Foster carers play a pivotal role in supporting children to develop the skills necessary to grow and thrive, and to overcome the effects of loss, separation and trauma. This training package will support the delivery of training to family-based carers by providing them with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to provide these children with the best possible standards of care.

The training package has been developed to enable professionals, such as social workers and trainers, and experienced family-based cares, such as foster carers, to run a short modular course for family-baes carers already caring for or looking to foster unaccompanied migrant children.
Download the manual in Greek

 

Information leaflet for current and prospective family-based carers - Greek

Foster carers are one of the most important people in the life of unaccompanied migrant children – children who have had to leave their homes and embark on perilous journeys, and that have no adult who is able to take responsibility for them.

This leaflet aims to help you start thinking about the children’s experiences, what their needs may be, and how you as a foster carer can support them.
Download the leaflet in Greek

Country of Origin Information

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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For FAB activities in Luxembourg, please contact Rabab AHMAD (rbahmad@iom.int), FAB Project Coordinator.

Videos in French

 

Read the video infosheet in French
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Read the video infosheet in French
Use this video in your training, as an awareness raising or recrutiment tool.

 

Videos in German

 

Read the video infosheet in German
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Read the video infosheet in German
Use this video in your training, as an awareness raising or recrutiment tool.

 

Caring for Unaccompanied Migrant Children: a foster carer training manual - French

Foster carers play a pivotal role in supporting children to develop the skills necessary to grow and thrive, and to overcome the effects of loss, separation and trauma. This training package will support the delivery of training to family-based carers by providing them with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to provide these children with the best possible standards of care.

The training package has been developed to enable professionals, such as social workers and trainers, and experienced family-based cares, such as foster carers, to run a short modular course for family-baes carers already caring for or looking to foster unaccompanied migrant children.
Download the package (manual and slides) in French

Information leaflet for current and prospective family-based carers

Foster carers are one of the most important people in the life of unaccompanied migrant children – children who have had to leave their homes and embark on perilous journeys, and that have no adult who is able to take responsibility for them.

This leaflet aims to help you start thinking about the children’s experiences, what their needs may be, and how you as a foster carer can support them.
Download the leaflet in French
Download the leaflet in German

Country of Origin Information - French

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Country of Origin Information - German

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mapping of existing training for family-based carers

This report concentrates on Luxembourg, where family-based care targeting unaccompanied migrant children (UMC) is a novel practice, initiated in 2017 shortly after the Fostering Across Borders project was developed. The report provides a summary of the legal framework within which family-based care is carried out in Luxembourg and of the existing practices in place, and offers an overview of the current national state-of-play regarding the unaccompanied migrant children (UMC) training available to family-based-care providers.

In particular, the report identifies the training’s gaps and needs, and offers recommendations for future provision..
Download the report

Mapping of existing training for professionals

Family-based care in Luxembourg is a novel practice, initiated in 2017 shortly after the Fostering Accross Borders project was developed.

In particular, the report identifies training’s gaps and needs and offers recommendations for future provision. The results of this reports are based on a mixed data collection methodology that combines desk research, phone interviews and questionnaires.
Download the report

FAB in Belgium was implemented in partnership with:

Croix-Rouge luxembourgeoise

Ines Dias, Foster Care Service Coordinator, at ines.dias@croix-rouge.lu

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For FAB activities in Poland, please contact Hanna DOBRZYNSKA (hdobrzynska@iom.int), FAB Project Coordinator.

 

Read the video infosheet in Polish
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Read the video infosheet in Polish
Use this video in your training, as an awareness raising or recrutiment tool.

 

Training package (manual and slides): Caring for unaccompanied migrant children- Polish

Foster carers play a pivotal role in supporting children to develop the skills necessary to grow and thrive, and to overcome the effects of loss, separation and trauma. This training package will support the delivery of training to family-based carers by providing them with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to provide these children with the best possible standards of care.

The training package has been developed to enable professionals, such as social workers and trainers, and experienced family-based cares, such as foster carers, to run a short modular course for family-baes carers already caring for or looking to foster unaccompanied migrant children.
Download the package in Polish

 

Information leaflet for current and prospective family-based carers - Polish

Foster carers are one of the most important people in the life of unaccompanied migrant children – children who have had to leave their homes and embark on perilous journeys, and that have no adult who is able to take responsibility for them.

This leaflet aims to help you start thinking about the children’s experiences, what their needs may be, and how you as a foster carer can support them.
Download the leaflet in Polish

Mapping of existing training for family-based carers

Family-based care in Poland is provided by foster families and/or by foster homes. The report provides a summary of the legal framework within which family-based care is carried out in Luxembourg and of the existing practices in place, and offers an overview of the current national state-of-play regarding the unaccompanied migrant children (UMC) training available to family-based-care providers.

In particular, the report identifies the training’s gaps and needs, and offers recommendations for future provision.
Download the report

Mapping of existing training for professionals

Family-based care in Poland is provided by foster families and/or by foster homes.

The report is based on the mapping of existing training for professionals conducted among employees of state institutions such as the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy and the Office for Foreigners, local government institutions (county/poviat family assistance centres), Border Guard Headquarters and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
Download the report

FAB in Poland was implemented in partnership with:

Interwencjaprawna -Association for Legal Intervention

Magdalena Sadowska, FAB Project Officer, at m.sadowska@interwencjaprawna.pl

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For FAB activities in the United Kingdom, please contact Francesca MEGNA (fmegna@iom.int), FAB Project Coordinator.

Videos in English

 

Read the video infosheet in English
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Read the video infosheet in English
Use this video in your training, as an awareness raising or recrutiment tool.

 

Videos in Welsh

 

Read the video infosheet in Welsh
Share this video on social media

 
 

Read the video infosheet in Welsh
Use this video in your training, as an awareness raising or recrutiment tool.

 

Training package (manual and slides): Caring for unaccompanied migrant children

Foster carers play a pivotal role in supporting children to develop the skills necessary to grow and thrive, and to overcome the effects of loss, separation and trauma. This training package will support the delivery of training to family-based carers by providing them with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to provide these children with the best possible standards of care.

The training package has been developed to enable professionals, such as social workers and trainers, and experienced family-based cares, such as foster carers, to run a short modular course for family-baes carers already caring for or looking to foster unaccompanied migrant children.
The package consists of:

  • The training manual Caring for Unaccompanied Migrant Children: a foster carer training manual (United Kingdom);
  • 6 PowerPoint presentations, one for each of the manual’s modules.

Download the training package: manual and slides 

Information leaflet for current and prospective family-based carers

Foster carers are one of the most important people in the life of unaccompanied migrant children – children who have had to leave their homes and embark on perilous journeys, and that have no adult who is able to take responsibility for them.

This leaflet aims to help you start thinking about the children’s experiences, what their needs may be, and how you as a foster carer can support them.
Download the leaflet in English
Download the leaflet in Welsh

Country of Origin Information - English

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Country of Origin Information - Welsh

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mapping of existing training for family-based carers and professionals

Family-based care in the United Kingdom is primarily provided by foster carers, with the support of supervising and children’s social workers.

The report is based on the surveys conducted with Local Authorities (LAs) and Independent Fostering Agencies (IFAs) across England, and phone consultations with relevant professionals in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Download the report

FAB in the United Kingdom was implemented in partnership with:

CoramBAAF - Adoption & Fostering Academy

Kevin LOWE, CoramBAAF Project Manager, at kevin.lowe@corambaaf.org.uk

Coram - Children's Legal Centre

Marianne LAGRUE, CCLC Policy Manager, at marianne.lagrue@coramclc.org.uk
Stewart MACLACHLAN, CCLC Senior Legal & Policy Officer, at Stewart.MacLachlan@coramclc.org.uk

 
 

Key Findings and Recommendations: Fostering Across Borders Final Programme Report

Fostering Across Borders (FAB) developed a set of useful documents and materials to assess, support and improve the provision of family-based care to unaccompanied migrant children in the countries of implementation.
Download the report here 

 
 

FAB was funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Union (2014-2020) and led by IOM. It ran from January 2018 to September 2019.
IOM staff in the UK, Belgium, Luxembourg and Poland implemented the project in partnership with local partners.

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