HistoryA Fostering Caravan through Europe
APFEL is a European non-for-profit association, born in 2011. APFEL gathers a variety of stakeholders in Foster Care :young people, foster parents, social workers, researchers, academics and policy-makers, united by a common will to exchange, innovate and promote quality care.
The idea for the network was born among a small group meeting in Paris in 2011 who discussed the lack of exchange between research and practice accross countries.
Several exchange meetings were organised in Brussels and more people joined when working groups were formed around three agreed topics. In 2012 the Caravan started rolling with the organisation of seminars for a wider public. Working groups present their findings and share innovative methods and tools. The Caravan landed in Paris, France (Theme: Voice of the Child, 2012), Geneva, Switzerland (Theme: Training, 2014), Leiden, The Netherlands (Theme: matching, 2015) Milano (Theme Co-parenting, 2015) and Bergamo, Italy (Theme Voice of the Child, 2015).
The next seminar will be held in Lille, France in December 2016 (Theme: Co-parenting and Voice of the Child).
APFEL wishes to cooperate and complement the existing (inter)national and European associations on Foster Care and Alternative Care.