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Mount Snowdon fundraising walk to support care leavers in Kenya
On Saturday 2 November IFCO Vice President Jean Anne Kennedy climbs Mount Snowdon in Wales, UK to support 250 care leavers in Kenya. Together with careleavers, social workers and foster carers from Core Assets, one of IFCO's member organisation, Jean is doing a 4 mile walk up “The Snowdon Ranger...
New board members approved at IFCO Annual General Meeting 2013
Following the International Foster Care Organisation's Annual General Meeting held on 14 September 2013 in Osaka, Japan, the new 2013-15 IFCO Board has been approved. Ten IFCO members had been nominated for election to the new Board. As there were fewer nominations than there were vacancies, all ...
Meet this year’s Pat Whelan Youth Fund awardees…
Pat Whelan Youth Fund Award has been found in 2007 in memory of IFCO member and former volunteer Administration Secretary Pat Whelan from Ireland. The aim of the fund is to support a young person (or group of youth) to attend IFCO conferences, seminars, events that would otherwise not be able to do...
Joint Statement on the 2014 UN General Assembly Resolution on the Rights of the Child
IFCO has become one of more than 40 international, regional and national NGOs and networks that have endorsed a joint statement calling for a focus on strengthening family care and providing appropriate alternative care for children in the 2014 United Nations General Assembly (UN GA)  Resolution on...
USA - Los Angeles Times > Too few foster homes for children in need
The Los Angeles County foster care system has a new crisis — one that can't be resolved by yanking children from troubled parents. In fact, more children in the system would only make things worse because there's no where to put them in a county that has run out of beds in foster homes. The...
UK - The Telegraph > Edward Timpson, the Minister for Children and Families, and his mother Alex on fostering 90 children
The MP Edward Timpson grew up with his two natural and two adopted siblings – as well as a changing population of almost 90 vulnerable children fostered by his mother. Now the Minister for Children and Families, he has resolved to reform the care system that failed them. READ MORE: http://www....
IFCO 2013> The opening ceremony of XVII Biennial Conference on 13 September 2013 has welcomed more than 1400 participants. In his speech IFCO President Volodymyr Kuzminskyi acknowledged that IFCO World Conference is held in Asia for the first time.
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear colleagues and IFCO friends, My name is Volodymyr Kuzminskyi and I am IFCO President. I am very glad to be here in Osaka and I am privileged to welcome all of you here. It is a special conference in IFCO history as it is the first time in over 30 years' of our work...
The Care Pathways and Outcomes Study
UK > New research provides crucial insight into lives of children in care - "The Care Pathways and Outcomes Study" followed a group of 374 children in care in Northern Ireland, over a 10 year period - READ MORE / WATCH THE VIDEO
The findings from one of the most comprehensive long-term studies ever undertaken into children in care were recently published by Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. WATCH THE SHORT VIDEO / READ MORE >