Training on foster care for unaccompanied migrant children

The Master training aims at enabling professionals to have the knowledge base to be able to provide foster care for unaccompanied migrant children.

A Master training on Foster care for unaccompanied migrant children was held in Prague on 21-22 January as part of the FORUM Project.

The training has been organised within the FORUM project, co-financed by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Union and co-ordinated by Fondazione L’Albero della Vita, in partnership with Accem (Spain), CSGYA (Hungary), FICE (Austria), OPU (Czech Republic), Slovenska Filantropija (Slovenia), ISMU (Italy), CORAM (UK) and Eurochild.

The reception of unaccompanied migrant children requires specific competences and adequate services that consider them children first and not as migrants only. A key component of the FORUM project (Foster Care for Unaccompanied Migrant Children) is the capacity building of professionals dealing with migration and child protection to ensure a quality service of foster care.

The Master training aims at enabling professionals to have the knowledge base to be able to provide foster care for unaccompanied migrant children. The participants were selected by all partners. They will transfer the knowledge to professionals in their own countries through workshops to be organised between February and July 2019.  

The main topics tackled during the Master training include drivers of migration; Systems of care for unaccompanied children; Building knowledge and skills to care for unaccompanied children; Identifying networks of support and forms of professional partnership, Recruitment and assessment of foster carers; Matching of foster carers and children; Training, retention and monitoring.

Eurochild is part of the FORUM project and has developed an advocacy toolkit to enable children’s rights advocates to promote better care services for unaccompanied and separated migrant children in the EU.

For more information, go to FORUM project website: https://forum-project.alberodellavita.org/