Sofia hosted an international workshop for foster care for unaccompanied migrant children
A team meeting of participants in the project on the model for taking care of unaccompanied migrant children – ALFACA - was held in mid-February in Sofia. The initiative is part of the entire PROFUCE project managed by the Innocenti Institute (Italy).
The National Foster Care Assosiation and the New Bulgarian University are the Bulgarian partners of the initiative. The Greek organization Metadrassi, the Dutch organization NIDOS and the Italian branch of the SOS Children's Villages in Vincenza are the other organizations that develop and implement in their local context the model developed in the different European countries for foster care for unaccompanied migrant children. The model provides practical steps for all participants in the childcare system in each country to recruit, assess, advise and support foster parents, and sets out approaches to monitoring placement and reducing the risks for children. In Bulgaria, the initiative is implemented in the regions of Sliven, Sofia and Haskovo.
The meeting in Sofia was the third of a series of team meetings and discussed the operational challenges of the project management group. Each country presented its progress and achievements as well as the context in which project activities are being developed. The forthcoming national modeling meetings, as well as the foster parent selection campaigns in each country, were discussed. NFCA will implement local initiatives to promote foster care for unaccompanied migrant children in the three regions where there are childcare centers for migrant children. In turn, the Know-How Center for Alternative Child Care - NBU presented highlights about the forthcoming assessment of the relevance of the unaccompanied child model and feedback to the European Commission. Participants in the meeting also discussed the key elements of the partnership and negotiated an interaction plan for each other. The focus of the meeting was the presentation of the Bulgarian experience in the care of unaccompanied children - migrants, and their work in this area was presented by the colleagues Ivan Cheresharov and Natalia Grigorova from Caritas - Bulgaria.