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’s vision is to create networks across continents worldwide to support actions and all those worki g 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’S main aim is to contribute to the out-of-home care development.
Other goals and guidelines for the FICE organisation are:
- recognizing the individuality of children, young people and their parents.
- supporting the family as the basic social structure for the upbringing of children.
- never try to enforce a child to conform with pre-determined norms.
- advocating for an optimum development support for children and young persons who cannot live at home.
- seeking to find solutions to match the child safety, confident relationship environment and perspectives.
- basing it‘s work on the UN-Convention on the Rights of the Child.
- rejecting 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.