Unaccompanied Children in Alternative Residence (U-CARE)

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U-CARE project, financed by the European Union’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (2014-2020) and coordinated by IOM Belgium, is a 20-month initiative which contributes to the development and improvement of alternative non-institutionalized care systems for Unaccompanied Migrant Children(UMC) in Belgium, Germany and Greece. Through an inclusive child-centered approach and the exchange of good practices, knowledge and experiences, existing systems and tools will be strengthened.

This project targets primarily unaccompanied migrant children by exploring, strengthening and considering alternative care options as a more suitable response to their specific needs. To respect children’s views and to ensure that the envisioned tools respond to the actual needs, UMC will be invited throughout the project to share their opinions. The project also aims at mobilizing, recruiting and training foster families, with a specific focus on those with a migration background, as well as training professionals working within national child protection systems. Finally, the project puts considerable emphasis on (trans)national exchange of good practices and awareness raising within the general public and among more specialized actors on the importance of family-based care and residential care alternatives.

 

Expected results of the U-CARE project

family-based carealternative living arrangementstraining and capacity buildingAwareness raising and exchange

Download the U-CARE project materials produced in each country

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The U-CARE activities in Belgium are coordinated by U-CARE's project management team. For more info, please contact Anke Van de Velde ([email protected]), U-CARE project manager.

U-CARE in Belgium is implemented in partnership with:

Pleegzorg Vlaams-Brabant en Brussel

Eveline Kamina, Project Officer, at [email protected] Fatima-Zohra Azeroual, Recruitment Officer, at [email protected]

 

Training package (manual and slides): Caring for unaccompanied migrant children

Foster carers play a pivotal role in supporting children to develop the skills necessary to grow and thrive, and to overcome the effects of loss, separation and trauma. This training package will support the delivery of training to family-based carers by providing them with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to provide these children with the best possible standards of care.

The training package has been developed to enable professionals, such as social workers and trainers, and experienced family-based cares, such as foster carers, to run a short modular course for family-baes carers already caring for or looking to foster unaccompanied migrant children.
Download the package (manual and slides) in French
Download the package (manual and slides) in Dutch

Information leaflet for current and prospective family-based carers

Foster carers are one of the most important people in the life of unaccompanied migrant children – children who have had to leave their homes and embark on perilous journeys, and that have no adult who is able to take responsibility for them.

This leaflet aims to help you start thinking about the children’s experiences, what their needs may be, and how you as a foster carer can support them.
Download the leaflet in French
Download the leaflet in Dutch

Country of Origin Information - French

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Country of Origin Information - Dutch

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

FAB in Belgium was co-funded by Fedasil

Fedasil - Belgium Federal agency for the reception of asylum seekers
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For U-CARE activities in Greece, please contact Georgina Galanopoulou ([email protected]), U-CARE project officer.

U-CARE is implemented in partnership with:

ARSIS

Marianna Kolovou, Project Officer, at [email protected]

Training manual: Caring for unaccompanied migrant children – Greek

Foster carers play a pivotal role in supporting children to develop the skills necessary to grow and thrive, and to overcome the effects of loss, separation and trauma. This training package will support the delivery of training to family-based carers by providing them with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to provide these children with the best possible standards of care.

The training package has been developed to enable professionals, such as social workers and trainers, and experienced family-based cares, such as foster carers, to run a short modular course for family-baes carers already caring for or looking to foster unaccompanied migrant children.

Note: this material is tranlsated from English.
Download the training package (manual and slides) in Greek

 

Information leaflet for current and prospective family-based carers – Greek

Foster carers are one of the most important people in the life of unaccompanied migrant children – children who have had to leave their homes and embark on perilous journeys, and that have no adult who is able to take responsibility for them.

This leaflet aims to help you start thinking about the children’s experiences, what their needs may be, and how you as a foster carer can support them.
Download the leaflet in Greek

Country of Origin Information – Greek

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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For U-CARE activities in Germany, please contact Jan Graf ([email protected]), U-CARE project officer.

Caring for Unaccompanied Migrant Children: a training manual – German

Family-based carers play a pivotal role in supporting children to develop the skills necessary to grow and thrive, and to overcome the effects of loss, separation and trauma. This training package will support the delivery of training to family-based carers by providing them with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to provide these children with the best possible standards of care.

The training package has been developed to enable professionals, such as social workers and trainers, and experienced family-based cares, such as foster carers, to run a short modular course for family-based carers already caring for or looking to foster unaccompanied migrant children.
Download the package (manual and slides) in German

Country of Origin Information – German

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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This project is funded by the European Union's Asylum, Migration and Integration fund

 

This project supports the implementation of the

Sustainable Development Goals

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