Possibilities of Foster Care for Unaccompanied Minors in the Czech Republic

From April 2015 to March 2016, Organisation for Aid to Refugees ran a project entitled “Kids On the Road“, aimed at unaccompanied minors. At the end of the project period, an analysis “Possibilities of Foster Care for Unaccompanied Minors in the Czech Republic” was published.   

One of the key objectives of the completed project was to initiate an expert discussion on the possibility of foster care for unaccompanied minors as well as to make adjustments in placing unaccompanied minors with foster families.

Although there are no legal obstacles for the placement of these children in foster care, following their arrival in the Czech Republic, unaccompanied minors have been usually placed in the institutional care facilities. Placing unaccompanied minors in foster care is not happening in the Czech republic.

A seminar was held within the project at which the Norwegian partner organisation presented the model of foster care for unaccompanied minors from Oslo. The presentation was followed by the roundtable discussion where the experts on foster care and migration discussed specific obstacles and possible risks of foster care for unaccompanied minors. During the sessions, all parties supported thet idea of placing unaccompanied minors in foster care.

Findings gained during the project period, including comparisons of good practice among the different EU countries are summarised in the final report.

The project was funded from grants from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway within the framework of the EHP funds.