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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.

Post date: 25/08/2014
The final IFCO 2014 European Conference Programme has been published and is available to view or
Call for expression of interest - Governance and Management Consultant
Post date: 14/08/2014
International Foster Care Organisation is looking for a consultant to improve governance and management systems and to increase the capacity of the Board of members. The consultancy is intended to provide recomm
Provisional programme for IFCO2014 announced
Post date: 12/08/2014
We are delighted to announce the provisional programme for IFCO 2014 European Conference.

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Click on one of the blog posts below to find out more about IFCO and the world of Foster Care from former IFCO President, Chris Gardiner. These are Chris's own views and do not necessarily reflect IFCO policy! We welcome comments and opinions from our members through the comments tab on this website. You can also follow us on facebook to have your say on the latest news and developments.

Going West to Get East to Japan
Post date: 03/10/2013
Myrna McNitt, a life member of IFCO and one of the committed members of the Board, shares her tho
IFCO 2013
Post date: 09/09/2013
13 September update - 1400 DELEGATES!!! CONGRATULATIONS to the NFPA of JAPAN!
"Attachment in Common Sense and Doodles" book
Free delivery worldwide for this new book > "Attachment in Common Sense and Doodles" & DON'T FORGET > Celebrating 30 years of IFCO - "VOICES for the FORGOTTEN"
Post date: 25/07/2013
Suitable for families and professionals caring for children who are fostered, adopted or who have

IFCO Information

IFCO 2014 European Conference 

26-29 August 2014 • Waterford City, Ireland 

Registration & paper submission open now. For more details visit

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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