FICE-International was founded in 1948 under the patronage of UNESCO in Trogen (Switzerland). It maintains contacts with UNESCO, UNICEF, 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.
FICE-International contains more than 30 countries – FICE sections – from Europe, Africa, Amerika.
FICE-International’s vision is to create networks across continents worldwide to support actions and all those working with at-risk children, children with special needs and children and young people in out-of-home care. All activities aim to respect the personality, interests and needs of the child or the young person.
FICE-International stands for:
- Children in out-of-home care
- Children with special needs
- Children at risk
FICE’S MAIN AIM IS TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE OUT-OF-HOME CARE DEVELOPMENT.
- recognizes the individuality of children, young people and their parents.
- supports the family as the basic social structure for the upbringing of children.
- will never try to enforce a child to conform with pre-determined norms.
- advocates for an optimum development support for children and young persons who cannot live at home.
- seeks to find solutions to match the child safety, confident relationship environment and perspectives.
- bases its work on the UN-Convention on the Rights of the Child.
- rejects any ethnical, sexual, lingual, religious, political or social discrimination.
In order to achieve its aims the FICE-International:
- works through its national sections. Its members work as educators in homes, foster care families or out-of-home care trainers.
- the FICE-International encourages professional exchanges between national sections.