Many unaccompanied children arrive in Greece having lost their parents or been separated from them. In order to bridge gaps that are not covered in the field of housing and their protection, METAdrasi developed a foster care system, offering unaccompanied children the safety and comprehensive support they need.
The foster care program, in the framework of which 111 unaccompanied children have already found family care, concerns the assumption by the foster family of the long-term or short-term care of one or more children and is carried out in accordance with national legislation and the International Convention on the Rights of the Child in cooperation with the competent state social services.
This practice has already been followed for decades by other countries of the European Union and it has now been proven that children’s stay in families is the best option for their best interest and their psychosocial development. Foster parents can become spouses or individuals, with or without children, who meet the conditions provided by the Law.