A manual has been developed for professionals working with reception families and the unaccompanied children living with them. It may be useful to different kinds of practitioners, depending on the country they work in and the childcare system in operation there. The manual could therefore be used by guardians (professional, semi-professional or voluntary), social workers, mentors, staff at reception facilities, behavioural scientists, psychologists or any other professional responsible for the reception of unaccompanied children in families.

The ALFACA manual contains all the basic information regarding working with reception families who take care of unaccompanied children. The most important tools are available in its appendix, whereas other useful tools can be found on this website. E-learning gives the user the opportunity to practise with the information provided in the manual. Those who want to deepen their knowledge should look at the extra literature provided on the website.

Country specific annexes to the ALFACA Manual

Under the PROFUCE project, country specific separate annexes to the ALFACA Manual have been developed for Bulgaria, Greece and Italy. These annexes can be found below the Manual in the language of the particular country. These annexes aim to support further implementation of family based care in these countries.

Nidos partnered in the PROFUCE project from November 2017 to October 2019. This EU co-funded project coordinated by Istituto degli Innocenti (Italy) was a cooperation with six partners: The municipality of Florence (Italy), the municipality of Vicenza (Italy), METAdrasi-Action for Migration and Development (Greece), National Foster Care Association (Bulgaria), New Bulgarian University-The Know How Centre (KHC) (Bulgaria) and Stichting Nidos (The Netherlands). “PROFUCE” is the acronym for “Promoting Foster Care for Unaccompanied Children in Europe”. The general goal of the project was to build social services’ capacity and awareness to promote a high quality system supporting foster families for unaccompanied children.