PROVIDING QUALITY FOSTER CARE

Providing QUALITY FOSTER CARE

Foster Care in Europe : a variety of models and organisations, similar objectives and challenges.

This APFEL working group focuses on the various stages of fostercare, with
a special attention to training and support of the foster carers, so as to deliver the best possible care for the out-of-home children.

Following the stages through fostering, you will find more detailed information and ressources under the headings below : recruitment and preparation of foster carers, training of foster carers, matching, and continuity (including suppport, supervision and achieving permanency).

What we achieved

APFEL compared the situation, culture and practices in foster care accross Europe. We designed "factsheets per country": each contains useful information on foster care, its legal context, types, training requirements, support, challenges met and topics for further research. The comparative work underlines the wide variety of foster care legal frameworks, sociological contexts, history and organisations accross Europe. Some countries rely on a mostly informal, volunteer and kinship type of care, whereas others are higly professional and accountable.

Promising practices

APFEL has extracted promising practices, tools, laws and reasearch worth sharing,
They are arranged according to four headings on this site with links to more information, research results, international guidelines and useful organisations or contacts.. 

Recruitment and preparation of foster carers
  • recruitment
  • assessment of the potential Foster carers 
  • approval process
  • contracting
Training of foster carers
  • preparation training
  • post approval training including on-going and initial when it is
    after approval
  • specialization
  • qualification and professionalization
Matching
  • child information
  • birth parent and family
  • foster family
  • decision making process
  • introduction process
Continuity, including support, supervision and achieving permanency
  • for the child
  • for the birth family
  • for the foster family
  • Prevention of placement breakdowns, abuse and neglect
  • Support and qualification of the social work team and other
    professionals around the child in care

Members

Frederique Lucet, Chair

France

Jane Asquith

United Kingdom

Maud Stiernet

Belgium

Eric de Smet

Belgium

Monica Lopez

Spain

FRANCINE HOUILLON

France

AURORE DENAYER

Belgium

ROBERTO MAURIZIO

Italy

MADELEINE TEARSE

United Kingdom

MARIE WILLEMS

Belgium

NADIA STOYKOVA

Bulgaria
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