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Call for expression of interest to host the next IFCO conferences!

IFCO invites expressions of interest from member and non-member organisations to host the next biennial IFCO 2019 and 2020 World Conferences

Update: the deadline for submission of interest for World Conference IFCO 2020 is extended to June 1, 2018.

International Foster Care Organisation is looking to identify two host countries for the next IFCO Regional Conference that will take place in 2019 and IFCO World Conference scheduled for 2020. This is an exciting opportunity for the host country to showcase latest developments in family-based and indeed all alternative care in the region, share best practice and network with professionals and carers involved in foster care from around the globe.

Detailed Call for expression of interest is available for download: http://bit.ly/IFCOCfE2019-2020

To apply, please submit a comprehensive proposal with the following information:
1) Letter of Intent
The letter should contain:
• Proposed Dates of the conference
• Proposed Location of the conference
• Estimated cost of hosting conference
• Indication of willingness to enter a contractual agreement between IFCO and the Conference Organising Committee
• Commitment to the promotion of the family-based care as the main conference goal

2) Proposed Host Committee
Please include host organisation name and its brief description. Please specify also host conference committee including host member names, titles, email addresses and phone numbers if possible.

For Regional Conference IFCO 2019 please submit the mentioned items by March 28, 2018 to IFCO Secretariat via email ifco@ifco.info. Deadline for submission for World Conference IFCO 2020 is May 15, 2018.

Preliminary timescale for IFCO 2019 Regional conference:
March 28, 2018 – deadline for receiving letters of intent
April 15, 2018 – IFCO Board decision on selected proposals
April 30, 2018 – deadline for Bid Book submission from organisers
September 3, 2018 – opens registration for conference and call for papers
February – June 2019 – IFCO 2019 Regional conference

When the expression of interest to host Biennial IFCO Regional or International Conference has been accepted, you will receive a confirmation letter. Then you can formally proceed with preparation of the Bid Book which should include the following information:
• Proposed Budget
• Sponsors
• Financial support (from clubs, governments, and/or company donations)
• Theme(s) & Youth Programme / Children’s Programme Outline
• Dates
• Samples of the type of accommodations available
• Tourist brochure map and information about your country (i.e. promotional tourism pamphlets)
• Day-to-day breakdown of the conference programme
• Sightseeing of your country and/or city
• Letters of recommendation from (a) Province/State; (b) Mayor; (c) Any other organisation that is supporting your bid (i.e. faculty of Social Work)
• Commitment to enter a contractual agreement between IFCO and the Conference Organising Committee.

Decision of the Board for IFCO 2020 World Conference will be made by July 5, 2018, Bid Book should be submitted no later than 15 months before the IFCO 2020 World conference.

Questions? Call or email us
IFCO Secretariat | T.: +44 (0) 20 8144 7571 | Skype: ifco.office | E.: ifco@ifco.info

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