Preventing Child Abandonment in Madagascar during Cononavirus

Governments around the world are taking different approaches to how to manage child protection, family support, and foster care systems in response to COVID-19. IFCO Board member Lanto Robivelo, Operational Director of Famadagascar outlines the work that he and Famadagascar have been completing in Madagascar. On Saturday March 21st, the president of Madagascar announced that the country would commence … Continue reading Preventing Child Abandonment in Madagascar during Cononavirus


On the 8th and 9th of April 2020, IFCO hosted two ‘Coffee Conversations’ Webinars in partnership with The Care Leavers Association (CLA) and the Institute of Recovery from Childhood Trauma (IRCT) to talk about the issues raised by Covid-19 in the social care sectors across the globe. We had representation from 13 different countries and … Continue reading IFCO COFFEE CONVERSATIONS

My contribution in establishing a new foster care system in Malta

It all started in 1998. Dr. Laurence Gonzi – then Minister for Social Policy (he was later appointed Prime Minister of Malta) invited me to share my thoughts about setting up a fostering service for children in Malta. Back then, the majority of children needing out of home care were placed in large residential Homes. … Continue reading My contribution in establishing a new foster care system in Malta

Happy World Children’s Day!

On behalf of IFCO, I join with everyone around the world to wish all children a happy World Children’s Day. Today is especially significant as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This momentous Convention has contributed enormously to the wellbeing of children across … Continue reading Happy World Children’s Day!

Foster Care in Tanzania

The United Republic of Tanzania is country in East Africa formed as result of the union between the then Tanganyika (now Mainland Tanzania) and Zanzibar on 26th April 1964. There are two governments that oversees the governance of the United Republic of Tanzania: The Government of the United Republic of Tanzania which oversees all union … Continue reading Foster Care in Tanzania