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The International Foster Care Organisation (IFCO) is an international network dedicated solely to the promotion and support of family based foster care across the world. We are a volunteer and member based organisation providing a multi-cultural platform for young people, foster carers, social workers, academics, researchers, volunteers, media, policy makers and others to network and share information on a global basis. IFCO fully supports recent UN legislation stating that all children have the right to a family and our role is to enable the exchange of information through our conferences, consultation and networking to facilitate improvement and promotion of this model within a fostering environment.

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Welcome to the IFCO news and blogs section.

Here you can stay updated on all our latest news and developments and see what’s going on in the world of international Foster Care through our dedicated blog.

We encourage all our members to get involved with IFCO by posting comments on this website or by following our facebook page.

Call to Host IFCO 2016 Regional Conference: Deadlines Extended
Post date: 09/03/2015
After a great response to the Call for expressions of interest announced in February, following a number of requests, it has been decided to extend the deadlines for the Call to Host IFCO 2016 Regional Conference until 31 March 2015.
UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children: five years onwards
Post date: 24/02/2015
Today marks the 5th anniversary when through the Resolution A/RES/64/142, dated 24 February 2010, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted Guidelines for the Alt
Apply to Host IFCO 2016 Regional and IFCO 2017 World Conferences
Post date: 29/01/2015
The International Foster Care Organisation (IFCO) is inviting expressions of interest from member and non-member organisations to host the next biennial IFCO 2016 Regional and 2017 World Conferences.  

IFCO Information

IFCO 2015 World Conference 

8-11 November 2015 • Sydney, Australia

Visit for further details

IFCO's acclaimed book "Voices for the Forgotten" celebrating our first 30 years

To order the book please visit (currently 10% off + free delivery offer to 20 European countries) or (free delivery worldwide). All royalties go to support IFCO's worldwide mission.

"The story is powerful, shaking the soul and moving the conscience as we hear the voices of the forgotten ringing across the years."

If you are a service provider, NGO or government body interested in Foster Care Training and Development, please contact the high quality experienced experts from IFCO’s Worldwide Training and Development Bureau.  For more information visit

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