FA.B! FAmily Based care for children in migration is a project aimed at supporting the improvement and expansion of  alternative family-based care system for Unaccompanied Migrant Children in 5 European frontline Mediterranean  Countries: Italy, Greece, Spain, Malta and Cyprus, involving in each Country key public institutions and experienced  private organizations. Family-based care is commonly recognized as the best way to facilitate integration and promote  the well-being of children and there are plenty of studies, best practices, guidelines on the subject, but yet only a  minority of UMC benefits from FB care. FA.B! focuses on filling this gap between the awareness of the best solution and  its application, intervening on critical aspects of the process of establishing a FB care system alternative to reception centres.




The European Commission states that children rights are part of human rights: rights that the EU and EU countries must respect, protect and fulfil. This is why protecting all children in migration, regardless of status and at all stages of migration, is a priority.

Family-based care is commonly recognized as the best way to facilitate integration and promote the well-being of children. It is considered to be more effective than large-scale residences in providing children with a nurturing environment and addressing their individual needs. 

In Spain, Unaccompanied Migrant Children are under the responsibility of the Regional Governments that transfer the minor’s care to institutions and NGOs.  They must stay in minor centers, which are not specific for UMC, until they are 18, when they are left to their own sort. Human rights  organizations are denouncing that the centers host a number of UMC three times greater than allowed, and these minors are not  receiving attention for their specific needs. The debate about the transfer from government centers to families is not even there.  In this scenario public opinion is becoming more and more bias against UMC.





This activity aims in particular to: 


  • Raise awareness among civil society and policy makers about beneficial aspects of family based care systems 
  • Increase the number of foster families, guardians and volunteers interested in taking action for UMC
  • Involve professionals and other potential beneficiaries in training activities. 






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