The Opening Doors for Europe's Children Campaign. Strengthening families, Ending Institutional Care.

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Abstract Summary

The Opening Doors Campaign is a pan-European Campaign running in 16 European countries advocating for the strengthening of families and the end of institutional care. The Campaign has been running since 2013, mainly in Central and Eastern European countries and during its 2nd Phase it has expanded in Western Europe in an effort to break the myth that institutional care only concerns Central and Eastern European countries. The Opening Doors Campaign is a partnership between 5 international partners, Eurochild, Hope and Homes for Children, SOS Children’s Villages International, the International Foster Care Organisation (IFCO) and FICE Europe and it aims to support national efforts to develop child protection systems that strengthen families and ensure high quality family and community based alternative care for children, by leveraging EU funding and policy and building capacity of civil society organisations. The Campaign, during its 2nd phase, is also calling for the end of institutional care and immigration detention of children and for quality care alternatives for children in migration.

The Campaign in its 2nd Phase will develop two updated advocacy papers:

  • The Opening Doors Myth Buster. The updated version of the myth buster includes among others, myths on funding and volunteering in institutions as well as myths on care of children in Western European countries.

The Opening Doors Working Paper on DI. The updated Working paper will provide up-to-date information on alternative care for children across Europe with stories and good & bad practices from Campaign countries, lessons learned and the way forward. It will also include an updated glossary of the key terms around DI and terminology around institutional care.

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30-minute plenary presentation
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1.2. DI and family based care in different regions: Africa, Asia, Australia/Oceania, Europe, North America, and South America (local, national, international, and comparison studies)