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Foster Care for Unaccompanied and Separated Children

Many unaccompanied children arrive in Greece, having lost or having been separated from their parents or relatives. One of their fundamental needs is the provision of safe and adequate housing. In order to bridge gaps that are not covered in that area, METAdrasi developed a temporary foster system; safe housing in families offering the security and the integrated support they need until they are reunited with relatives in Europe.

This practice has been in existence for decades in other European Union countries and it has been shown that children staying with families is the optimal option for the child’s best interests. This Foster Care activity is implemented by METAdrasi in accordance with the national law and the International Convention on the Rights of the Child in cooperation with the local Prosecutor’s Offices and authorities.

A warm hug, a tender look, a kind word, homemade food and a place at the family table, precious moments of relaxation, the sense of security… are everyday pieces missing from unaccompanied children’s life.

For more information on the foster care programme, you may participate in the group informative meeting that take place at METAdrasi’s premises, in Athens (Tavros, 7, 25 Martiou str., 1st floor) and in Thessaloniki (7 Vilara str., 2nd floor). During the meeting you will have the opportunity to be informed by expert professionals on the institution of foster care and ask any questions you may have.

To find out more, you can contact us:
• by sending email in foster@metadrasi.org
• by calling at 214 1008717 for Athens or at 2310 501151 for Thessaloniki
• by filling the form below

Are you interested in hosting an unaccompanied child?

If you and your family want to offer hospitality and care to an unaccompanied minor for the period needed, fill in the form below and we will contact you.


The activity “Foster Care for Unaccompanied and Separated Children” was initiated with funding by EEA Grants, through Bodossaki Foundation and since August 2016 is supported by UNHCR, with co-funding by the European Commission.

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