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Fostering Alternatives to Detention for Children

Following the conclusion of the program “A home for Human Rights “, METAdrasi has secured funding from the European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM) to continue the initiative for temporary accommodation of unaccompanied and separated children in families through the implementation of the program “Fostering Alternatives to Detention for Children”.

The program aims to ensure the continuation of a foster care system as an alternative measure to the detention of unaccompanied and separated children (UASC) in Greece. According to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (Art.3§1) the best interest of the children should be the first priority. The goal is the protection of the rights and the promotion of the best interest of unaccompanied minors who have arrived in Greece by ensuring they are quickly placed with a foster family.

The main program goals and activities are:

  • Placement of children in foster families as an alternative to unsafe environments i.e. being homeless, held in detention centres or police stations.
  • Creating a Registry of foster families that could be used long term to facilitate a national institutional framework aiming at the sustainability of this program.
  • Creating an integrated framework to address the basic needs of UASC in Greece and facilitate their integration into the Greek society.
  • Transfer of know-how and best practices through workshops and study visits with European organizations that have long standing and specialized experience in foster care. Specifically an ongoing collaboration has been established with organizations from the Netherlands, Belgium, Brussels, France and Italy.
  • Promotion of the foster care system, at a national institutional level, through best practices aiming at the protection and the best interest of UASC’s.


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This project has been supported by the European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM), a collaborative  initiative of the Network of European Foundations


See also:
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