34. FICE International World Congress

Better Future Opportunities for Children and Young People in Multicultural Societies
FICE Kongress 2019

FICE (Fédération Internationale des Communautés Educatives) International is a global network of organizations and professionals in the field of child and youth care and out-of-home care from more than 45 countries. FICE maintains contacts with UNESCO, UNICEF, the Council of Europe and ECOSOC. It is also a member of the UN-NGO-Group on the Rights of the Child and member of ENSACT.

Our members combine the knowledge and expertise of directors and practitioners of residential programs, stakeholders and policy makers, university professors, and researchers in the fields of social pedagogy, social work, youth work, psychology, and education. Working together they enhance their opportunities to influence the quality of child and youth care services around the world. The FICE network allows its members to exchange knowledge, experiences, and good practices, to join forces in project activities, to look for innovative solutions to new challenges, to set higher goals for services, and institute changes for promoting the wellbeing of vulnerable children in out-of-home care. FICE -International’s vision is to create networks across continents to support actions of all those working with children at-risk, children with special needs, and children and young people in out-of-home care. All activities are based on our respect of all children, of all cultures, their interest, and their needs. 

The Israeli FICE National Section was established in 1953 by Meir Gottesmann, the leader of Youth Aliyah. It is currently chaired by Professor Emmanuel Grupper, who was recently appointed as co-president of FICE International, together with Rolf Widmer from Switzerland. 
One of the main activities of the international organization is the World Congress. The Congress is held every three years, each time in a different country, and is designed to review the work with children at risk, children with special needs, and children and young people in out-of-home care in different countries and to highlight innovative initiatives and ideas originating in our members’ many fields and disciplines.


Welcome Letter


Dear colleagues, dear participants of the 34 FICE Congress,

I would like to welcome all participants in the FICE International 34th World Congress in Tel Aviv, Israel. The Congress organizers are composed of the Israeli members of FICE International, The Israeli Public Forum for Youth Village & Boarding schools for Children at Risk, the Ono Academic College, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, together with a large group of Israeli NGOs, all active in the field of education and care of children and young people who need out-of-Home care. We are very happy and honored to have the opportunity to host you in this Congress in Israel. Many Israeli professionals from a large variety of residential programs, policy makers, researchers, civil society organizations and care leavers will be represented here, together with participants coming from many different countries. I expect the mutual exchange of knowledge to benefit all of us who face the challenges of the field of education and care of children and young people who need specialized services, both in out-of-home care and in community-based programs.

The theme that was chosen for the congress is relevant to the many societies worldwide that are becoming more and more multicultural. The challenge of our era is to guarantee "Better Future Opportunities for Children and Young People in Multicultural Societies." On the Congress website, which will be operational in January 2019, you will find ongoing updates on the Congress and its contents. We are particularly happy that the European Union member states have selected "children without parental care" as the proposed theme for the 2019 resolution on the Rights of the Child. This would certainly be one of the focuses of our discussions and deliberations during the Congress. Other topics would be: residential care in various regions in the world, care leavers, refugee youth and unaccompanied minors, education and learning challenges of children and adolescents in care, staff training, just to name a few of them. The Congress program was developed by the scientific Committee chaired by Prof. Shalhevet Attar-Schwartz from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

During the congress we plan to attribute the FICE AWARD 2019 to a residential staff who was selected by the prize committee, for outstanding social initiatives aiming at empowering children and youth in alternative care. The criteria were elaborated by a committee chaired by Yoav Apelboim with Lia Meron, Dr. Alex Schneider and Yaron Braun from Israel. The FICE Award winner would be announced during next summer.

Hoping to see all of you in Tel Aviv in October 2019, in the Campus of the Ono Academic College.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee,

Prof. Emmanuel Grupper
Chairman FICE International President and Professor at the Ono Academic College


Congresss Topics


Thematic sessions' Categories:

  • Children's rights in out-of-home care and related legislation
  • Collaboration between parents and staff in out of home care and child-parent relationships
  • Counselling, care and treatment of children and youth in multicultural societies
  • Educational achievements and advancement of young people in care
  • Innovations in residential care, boarding schools and foster families
  • Legislation and policy developments  
  • Migrant, and socially excluded youth
  • Innovative approaches for education and care 
  • Developments in residential care programs 
  • Unique projects in residential care – development, implementation and assessment ( evidence-based research)
  • Refugee children and youth and unaccompanied minors
  • Research on youth at risk in education and care programs
  • Specific youth populations in care 
  • Staff training programs in out-of-home care or community-based programs
  • Standards and quality control in out-of-home care
  • Stress and trauma
  • Transition from care to adulthood and independent living
  • Experiences of LGBTQ youth and young adults in care and after care
  • Victims and survivors of family abuse and neglect in out-of-home care
  • Young people Living in a multicultural society
  • Youth and globalization
29.-31. Oktober 2019
Fach- und Führungskräfte, fachpolitische Vertreter*innen, Wissenschaftler*innen