FAB - Fostering Across Borders

FAB – Fostering across borders

Support, improve and promote family based care for unaccompanied migrant children in Austria, Belgium, Greece, Luxemburg, Poland and the United Kingdom.


During the surge in the arrival of refugees and migrants in Europe in 2015, more than 90,000 unaccompanied migrant children (UMCs) claimed asylum in Europe.

The majority of them were and still are placed in large scale residential care facilities despite the recommendation of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) to provide reception and accommodation of UMCs in foster care, since fewer children go missing from foster care in comparison to reception centres and institutions. Indeed at the beginning of 2016 Europol declared than 10,000 children were missing.

At the same time youth protection professional  and other professional working  with UMCs lack experience in dealing with this particular group of children and a large majority of them also lack training in preventing or responding to the disappearances of unaccompanied children.


The project FAB aims to improve the quality of and expand the access to family-based care (FBC) for UMCs.

To achieve the objectives, the following activities will be implemented:

  • Mapping and analysis of current training materials for foster families as well as for staff of relevant institutions (national authorities, commissioned organizations, etc.) responsible for the recruitment, training and support of the foster families
  • Adaptation of training materials to meet the identified needs and to provide the necessary knowledge for the safe and effective care of UMC within families
  • Capacity building of relevant institutions through trainings of trainers on a variety of topics related to the challenges of foster care and  of the integration process
  • Knowledge transfer by the institutions to the foster parents in order to support and accompany them, or to recruit new foster parents
  • Engage with UMC to ensure that the trainings contents, as well as foster care arrangements, meet their needs


A short description of the project can be downloaded here.


For further information, please contact:

Ondine Delavelle, Focal Point for Migrant Children

Tel.: +43 1 585 33 22 / 14

E-Mail: odelavelle@iom.int


This project is founded by the European Union’s Right, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020).