The international alternative care conference “Building on the Momentum: International Alternative Care Conference” will take place 3-5 October 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland.
This annual conference is hosted jointly by the International Institute for the Rights of the Child (IDE) and the Centre for Children’s Rights Studies at the University of Geneva (CIDE). IDE and CIDE are partnering with several concerned international agencies that make up the Steering Group*.
The conference provides a bridge between research, policy and practice in the overall sphere of alternative care, and a much-needed space for discussion and exchange among experts, practitioners, academics, researchers, government representatives and young people with experience of alternative care. The conference will enable those involved with alternative care issues to participate in an exceptional exercise in mutual learning and networking – helping to move forward with necessary reforms in line with the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children. Participants will review the current status and thinking on alternative care and will examine promising practices for the prevention of family breakdown, family strengthening, and the provision of quality forms of alternative care, as well as pinpointing remaining challenges and obstacles for putting the Guidelines into practice.
The National Network for Children – Bulgaria will be represented by Dani Koleva, Policy Director, who will make a presentation titled: “Bulgaria’s journey through child care reform in 2000 – 2015: from dreams to reality of implementing strategies to protect children’s rights”.
The deadline for a call for posters and for possible financial subsidies for participation is 1 May 2016 .
*Steering Group members include: Better Care Network; Centre for Children’s Rights Studies at the University of Geneva (CIDE); Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS); International Institute for the Rights of the Child (IDE); Hope and Homes for Children; International Federation of Social Workers; International Social Service (ISS); International Federation of Educative Communities (FICE); RELAF; Save the Children; SOS Children’s Villages International & UNICEF.