Eurochild evolved from the former European Forum for Child Welfare (EFCW), which was the European branch of the IFCW (International Forum for Child Welfare). In 2003 several members of the EFCW decided to dissolve EFCW and found a new organisation: Eurochild had its inaugural meeting in March 2004.
Our inaugural General Assembly in Brussels took place on 19 March 2004 with 13 organisations previously cooperating in the European Forum for Child Welfare (which was dissolved in 2003). Catriona Williams (Children in Wales) was nominated as President, Ninetta Kazantzis (Pan Cyprian Coordinating Committee for the Protection and Welfare of Children, Cyprus) as Treasurer and Ene Tomberg (Estonian Union for Child Welfare) as Secretary. The meeting foresaw creation of a secretariat with 3 staff (mainly part-time).
10 years later, the Eurochild secretariat has a total staff of 13 who manage Europe's leading child rights network comprising 161 members from across 35 countries. 81 organisations were represented at our General Assembly 2013.
Over the years Eurochild has become a network internationally recognised for its work to promote children's rights and well-being. The European Commission recently renewed a 4-year strategic partnership - recognizing our important role in securing last year's Recommendation Investing in Children and now in supporting its implementation across EU member states. The list of our other strategic partners is long and prestigious. Our joint campaign with Hope and Homes for Children on Opening Doors for Europe's Children has achieved important steps to ending institutional care in Europe. We're campaigning on a platform with UNICEF and 13 other child rights organisations to make the EU a global champion for children's rights. In February we published a Eurochild-UNICEF compendium of articles calling for the EU to play a leading role in realizing the rights of every child everywhere.
2014 is a time to look back and celebrate our achievements so far.