U-CARE project: context
The Unaccompanied Children in Alternative Residence (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. On the one hand, the project aims at mobilizing, recruiting and training foster families in Belgium and Greece - in Belgium with a specific focus on those with a migration background-, as well as training professionals working within national child protection systems. On the other hand, the project in Germany will develop alternative care prototypes to support UMC and care leavers in their transition to adulthood. 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.
The U-CARE project is funded by the European Union.
- Timeline of the U-CARE project
Expected results of the U-CARE project
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