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IFCO partners with The Fostering Network for 2016 Conference in Sheffield

IFCO partners with The Fostering Network for 2016 Conference in Sheffield

International Foster Care Organisation is pleased to announce that The Fostering Network, the UK’s leading fostering charity, has become an official conference partner for the IFCO 2016 European Conference taking place from 1 to 4 September 2016 in Sheffield.

International and European biennial conferences promoting family-based care are one of the key activities of IFCO. For over 30 years we have been offering a unique opportunity for foster carers, children in foster care, care leavers, birth families, social workers, professionals, academics, policy makers and all who are interested in family-based care to share information, best practices and learn about global fostering advancements from across the world. 'We believe in the value of partnering with the national stakeholders at each conference so that their experience and knowledge is part of the platform and contribute towards the strong message of each conference,' says Jean Anne Kennedy, IFCO Board Member and IFCO 2016 Organising Committee.

This year, that shared message is 'Pathways: A lifelong understanding of education, trauma, intervention and success'. 'We wanted to focus on the life-path process for children and young people in care. So often, we measure outcomes, cost and impact, but we are very aware that we are also talking about childhood, about formal and informal ways of learning, and about how certain positive and negative experiences predisposes children and adults to certain outcomes', adds Jean Anne Kennedy. 'We widened our focus to include education, trauma, intervention and success because we believe each can be either positive or negative, and that these factors interact and can influence each other. We are very proud to bring IFCO's European Conference back to the UK for our 35th anniversary of being a UK charity and to partner with the UK's leading fostering charity for this year's exciting event where speakers from The Fostering Network will be contributing towards discussions of the recent work in education', concludes Ms Kennedy.

The Fostering Network is the UK’s leading fostering charity. They are passionate about the difference foster care makes to children and young people. Transforming fostered children’s lives is at the heart of everything they do.

‘We are the essential network for foster care, bringing together everyone who is involved in the lives of fostered children, inspiring, motivating and supporting them to make foster care better. Together, we’re a powerful catalyst for change, influencing and shaping fostering policy and practice at every level. ‘We work to ensure that all fostered children have a positive experience of family life, supporting them to have high aspirations, to overcome the challenges of their early lives and to achieve the very best. ‘We help foster carers to improve children’s lives. We champion the vital role they and their families play in helping fostered children, and work to ensure they are properly recognised, valued and supported.’

For more information about The Fostering Network please visit For more details about IFCO 2016 European Conference please see