The eighteen-month ALFACA II project started in February 2018 and aims to improve reception and care for unaccompanied children by structurally increasing the quality and quantity of family based care for them.

ALFACA II is carried out by Nidos (the Netherlands) and partners Minor N’dako, Pleegzorg Vlaams-Brabant en Brussel and Mentor-Escale (all Belgium), METAdrasi (Greece), Amici dei Bambini (Italy), Center for Missing and Exploited Children (Croatia) and Hope for Children CRC Policy Center (Cyprus).

The project collects and spreads practical knowledge about the state of the art on providing family based care for unaccompanied children in the participating countries Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece and Italy. It intents to improve family based care where it is currently already (scattered) practice and provide the possibility to set it up as a reasonable alternative to institutional care where it hardly exists, but opportunities and will for development are there.

Project results

Situational analyses resulting in country reports

Situational analyses (through expert meetings and research) have been carried out in order to collect practical knowledge about the state of the art on family based care in the partner countries. These provided input for the drafting of country reports. Every country report contains a SWOT analysis, recommendations and actions plans. The recommendations are focused on the next steps to take in order to reach a sustainable system. You can find the reports below.

Training

The preceding ALFACA-project enabled the development of specialised training; the ALFACA-training. The training aimed at increasing the capacity of professionals in a counselling role. As this target group is scattered, often part of national youth care systems and lacking the necessary skills in many countries, and given the important role that these professionals play in the life of the children, further dissemination of this training was very important. Under the ALFACA II project the ALFACA training has been given to the partner countries. Each training was adjusted to the country specific situation and needs. The training was offered to social workers as well as policy makers to reach professionals at different levels.

To ensure wider dissemination of the ALFACA material and promoting family based care for unaccompanied children in other member states, the Training Response Team has provided five other member states with the training.

Recommendations on European level

From these reports, the partners extracted the common threads to provide recommendations on a European level. You can find this report titled “ALFACA II Sustainable reception for unaccompanied children” below.

Contact details:
Marjolein Groen, Project Manager ALFACA II
Mobile phone: +31 (0) 6 574 93 994, email: m.groen2@nidos.nl