Opening Doors for Europe’s Children campaign expands with new partners and countries

The campaign on ending institutional care and strengthening families has already made progress in its first phase and will now enter into new territories and with new and renewed partnerships.

December 2016 marks the official start of Phase II of the Opening Doors for Europe’s Children, a pan-European campaign to support national efforts to develop child protection systems that strengthen families and ensure high-quality family and community-based alternative care for children, by leveraging EU funding and policy and building capacity in civil society. 

In its second phase, the campaign brings on board new national and international partners to add further gravitas to its work on deinstitutionalisation in Europe. Eurochild and Hope and Homes for Children are joined by SOS Children’s Villages International, the International Foster Care Organisation (IFCO), and the European branch of the International Federation of Educative Communities (FICE Europe) as leading international partners. The campaign is also expanding geographically, bringing the number of participating countries from 12 to 15. 

Working with a network of national partners in each country, the campaign builds partnerships to advocate for policies and public investment that strengthen families and support the transition from institutional to family- and community-based care. It builds the capacity of civil society to leverage existing EU policy recommendations and coordination tools, as well as EU funding programmes to support progress at national level. 

The campaign will operate in western European countries such as Spain, Belgium and Austria in an effort to break the myth that the transition from institutional to family and community-based care only concerns Central and Eastern Europe.

In the context of the current refugee and migrant crisis, Opening Doors for Europe’s Children also calls for alternatives to institutional care for migrant, unaccompanied and separated children.

Read about campaign’s achievements towards making a positive difference for hundreds of thousands of children across Europe in “Looking Back, Looking Forward” progress report.

Check the status of DI reforms across 15 European countries in campaign's 2016 country fact sheets

Find out more about institutional care and how we can end all institutional care in Europe for all children, once and for all.

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