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Your Voice

At IFCO, we understand that it can be difficult for children and young people in foster care to be heard. But we think your voice is important. After all, you’re the one who is or has been in foster care.

Even though you may have thoughts and feelings about foster care, it can be difficult to find a person or a place where you can share them. It can be even more difficult to find a place where people take those ideas seriously and want to use them to make a difference.

Get your voice heard with IFCO

IFCO dedicates everything we do to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) which states that children all over the world deserve a family. The UNCRC also states that children have a right to be heard and to have a say in what happens to them.

At IFCO, it is important to us to listen to the voice of the child or young person in foster care. From its inception in 1981, IFCO has always had an active youth component and has promoted genuine youth participation and consultation. Young people with care experience are involved in decision-making, training and consultation. 

As many of the young people we work with want to make a difference and want to help other children in foster care based on their experiences,  we encourage all children and young people to become members of IFCO. As a member, you can attend our conferences and really be heard by people involved in foster care all over the world. IFCO also administrates the IFCO Pat Whelan Youth Fund to support youth to travel and participate in IFCO events all over the world.

At these conferences, we have dedicated youth programs to ensure that you have the time and space to talk about foster care from your perspective. You can talk not just to IFCO and to other young people in care, but to the people who decide what foster care is like all over the world.