Apfel Network




Voice of the Child and Young people

This working group collects tools across Europe to promote the right of children and young people to express their opinion, to be listened to and to participate and to help children develop their identity

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This working group reflects on terms and concepts such as co-parenting, plural parenting, plural attachment, double belongings, loyalty conflict to get common understanding and develop innovative practices for the cooperation around the child's needs

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This working group collects useful tools, innovative practices and ressources in order to help raise standards and practices in family foster care and the supporting services, so as to achieve the best possible care for out-of-home children.

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Welcome to Apfel, European foster care

APFEL is a European association founded in 2011. APFEL gathers various stakeholders in foster care : foster parents, youth in care or care leavers, professionals, researchers , policy makers, around a common approach towards quality, innovation and exchange. In this website you will find the results of the work of our working groups, who gathered and developed foster care methods and materials accross Europe and conducted comparative studies.

Under news you will find information about seminars and conferences, new documents and studies and other news about the development of quality foster care to help you improve your work.  

Each country participating in APFEL has a contact person. Join APFEL and contact the person in your country or be the first to join from countries not yet represented! Contact us for more information about membership and participation!

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IFCRC In Paris - Sept 2017

The 9th International Foster Care Research Conference

The 9th International Foster Care Research Network Conference will be a place to share...

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FICE Conference

The FICE Conference will take place between 21 and 25 August in Vienna, Austria.Theme of the Conference is "Together towards...

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Seminars available

Join us in our seminars where we exchange new research and usefull practices. The next seminar will be on December...

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APFEL members meet in Brussels

In January 2016 steerning committee members met in Brussels to discuss the website and upcoming seminar in Lille and other...

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Where can you find US?

APFEL has members in 10 countries accross Europe. By clicking on the country you will see the name of the country and find information about the national contact person. Your country not green yet? Become a member and join our network!

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