IFCO 2021 – Empowering family-based care for every child around the world

International Foster Care Organisation (IFCO) marks 40 years since a small group of foster carers came together to form the first International Conference of its kind. Forty years on, we are hosting our first Virtual International Conference where we will connect with International speakers, Carers, Careleavers, Academics, Social workers and Professionals to explore the theme of this year’s conference together. The emphasis will be to share, exchange, and learn from each other. The aim of the conference is to offer a balanced and inspiring programme, focusing on best practice, informed policies, and children’s rights in the context of a global pandemic that has ‘shone a light’ on the issues facing carers and children alike for decades.

We invite you to join us to celebrate IFCO’s heritage and influence over the last 40 years, support our fundraising activities to advocate for family-based care, and empower IFCO to amplify the voice of those involved in family-based care for children and those that have left care, around the world.

In celebration of IFCO’s values and our 40th Anniversary, we are offering 40 complimentary tickets to foster/ kinship carers on each day (Monday and Tuesday). Care leavers also attend for free.

Use the promo codes shown in the image on the left.


Monday, 6th December 2021:  8am-12pm (EST), 1-5pm Ireland & UK, 2-6pm European time

Tuesday, 7th December 2021: 9am-1pm Tokyo (Japan), 9.30am-1.30pm Darwin (Australia), 11am-3pm Sydney, Australia, 1pm-5pm Wellington, New Zealand, and surrounding countries

1 registration, 2 days of content.
Live discussions, Q&A and additional video content!

Recordings available during and after the conference to everyone who registers.

IFCO 2021 conference themes

Video Submissions welcome!

Parallel to the live conference, we are also welcoming 5-minute videos submissions that fit the 5 themes above. These will be made available at the conference and afterward. Do you have lived experience, research, insights, or practices that you or your organization would like showcased at this event? What has changed recently or over decades that shows innovation or should be highlighted or celebrated? Or what has not changed that needs to be kept in the focus?

Here are the video guidelines (for download). You can email submissions (and distribution release form (for download) to ifco(a)ifco.info before November 26th for consideration to be included. All videos will be reviewed by an IFCO panel before being approved for inclusion.