FA.B! FAmily Based care for children in migration
The project aims at supporting the improvement and expansion of alternative family-based care system for unaccompanied migrant children.
Funded by: AMIF Duration: 01/10/2020 – 30/09/2022
The European Commission states that the rights of the child are part of human rights: rights that the EU and EU countries must respect, protect and fulfil. Protecting children is the keystone for upholding European values of respect for human rights, dignity and solidarity. This is why protecting all children in migration, regardless of status and at all stages of migration, is a priority.
Family-based care is commonly recognized as the best way to facilitate integration and promote the well-being of children. It is considered to be more effective than large-scale residences in providing children with a nurturing environment and addressing their individual needs. According to the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), fewer children go missing from foster care compared to reception centers and institutions. FRA also highlights that training for professionals remains a high priority to ensure the highest standards of care and protection for these children.
In Greece, according to the National Service responsible for Unaccompanied Migrant Children, at November 2019, there were more than 5.270 UMC living in various accommodation sites across the country, whose funding and long-term sustainability remains a challenge.
FA.B! FAmily Based care for children in migration is an initiative aimed at supporting the improvement and expansion of alternative family-based care system for Unaccompanied Migrant Children in Italy, Greece, Spain, Malta and Cyprus, sharing knowledge and expertise on how to provide quality alternative care. Additionally, it aims at strengthening networks and enhancing competences of different actors involved in UMC, in order to make them able to perform all tasks related to promoting the well-being of children.