Britta Schölin (Sweden)
Britta Schölin, born in Congo-Brazzaville, holds a Master’s degree from the School of Social Studies and works in the social field with focus on child protection and alternative family-based care. In 1995 she qualified as a psychotherapist. Her career includes working in the local social government, in primary school education and a decade of working in child psychiatry as a director and a family care consultant for children in foster homes and their foster parents. She continues to work as a social welfare consultant supporting foster parents. Britta is active in two associations with focus on alternative care for children where her advocacy and contact with the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs and other authorities in Sweden are important. Since 2000, Mrs Schölin has worked within the international sphere, elected to the IFCO Board in 2011 and is Chairperson of Advocacy, Membership and Policy, as well as IFCO representative to Eurochild.
"The international engagement has always been very important to me. I was born in Congo Brazzaville and have all my life got experiences how important the cooperation between people and countries is to develop good possibilities to all inhabitants in a country especially the children. I have partly grown up in an institution and in a foster home during my childhood and am well aware of that situation.
More than 10 years ago I got in contact with IFCO. I realized that IFCO had the same values as me and also worked in the field to strengthen the situation for children all over the world. My goal became to work together with and for IFCO. I was elected as a trustee to the IFCO Board in 2011 and then re-elected in 2013. My work in the Board has been focused on IFCO`s contact with the UN, Eurochild and the northern part of Europe, especially Sweden. As the Chairperson for the Advocacy, Membership and Policy Committee, I have lead and contributed to IFCO’s visibility and work. I am also a member of the IFCO Management Committee implementing decisions of governance and strategy. I worked with and to represent IFCO at the UN/Child Rights Connect and Eurochild Children In Alternative Care – Thematic Working Group with focus on alternative care for children and des-institutionalization in Europe.The Swedish focus has been to build an IFCO-network and to participate as IFCO´s representative in a newly started Swedish Eurochild Network. It is important to inform and engage more individuals and organizations in the northern part of Europe to the IFCO work. I also engage the IFCO members and the wider stakeholder group by answering questions sent to IFCO and provided answers and documents.
If I am re-elected to the IFCO Board, I will continue my previous role with IFCO. I agree with all the values of IFCO."