GENERAL INFORMATION

The European Scientific Association on Residential & Family Care for Children and Adolescents (EUSARF)

http://eusarf.com/
 

EUSARF stands for European Scientific Association on Residential and Family Care for Children and Adolescents. It is a body of researchers on child welfare and protection. The board of EUSARF is voluntarily banded together and its members are concerned with the development and dissemination of knowledge in the field of child care. 

EUSARF was founded in 1989 and has its origins in the cooperation between Flemish and Dutch universities, which started in the early eighties. Nowadays, the EUSARF board covers 15 European countries and includes a board member from Israel, United States and Canada. 

EUSARF wants to develop scientific research in the field of child and family welfare and promote the exchange of information between European members and other associations throughout the world. To reach these goals, EUSARF organizes biennial international conferences and supports international seminars. Proceedings of conferences and seminars are published in collaboration with board members. 

EUSARF has strong and long-lasting ties with other international associations of child welfare and child protection researchers, such as the International Association for Outcome-Based Evaluation and Research on Families’ and Children’s Services (IAOBERfcs), the International Network for Foster Care Research (INFCR) and the Association Internationale de Formation et de Recherche en Education Familiale [International Association of Training and Research in Family Education (AIFREF)]. Over the years EUSARF has organized several Scientific Conferences:

  • First European Scientific Conference on Residential Care, ‘Innovations in Residential Care’, De Haan (Belgium), November 30-December 2, 1989.
  • ‘Residential Care. Recent Developments in the Different EEC-Countries’, Post Conference Seminar, Paris (France), May 31, 1991.
  • Second European Scientific Conference on Residential Care, ‘Social Competence and Social Support’, Noordwijkerhout (the Netherlands), November 7-9, 1991.
  • ‘Caring for Separated Children: Current Research on Residential Care, Foster Care and their Alternatives’, Seminar, Paris (France), November 9-10, 1992.
  • Third European Scientific Conference on Residential and Foster Care for Children and Adolescents, ‘Love Is Not Enough’, Lüneburg (Germany), September 29-October 2, 1993.
  • International Seminar on Research on Foster Care, Madrid (Spain), May 31-June 1st, 1994.
  • Fourth European Scientific Conference on Residential and Foster Care for Children and Adolescents, ‘There Is No Place Like Home. Supporting Children in Need and Their Families’, Leuven (Belgium), September 6-9, 1995.
  • Fifth European Scientific Conference on Residential and Foster Care for Children and Adolescents, ‘Action for Children. Linking Research, Practice and Policy across Europe’, London (Great Britain), September 12-14, 1996.
  • Sixth European Scientific Conference on Residential and Foster Care for Children and Adolescents. ‘Residential and Foster Care: New Approaches, New Practices’, Paris (France), September 23-26, 1996.
  • ‘Child welfare Reform – European Perspectives’, Warsaw (Poland), November 18 -20, 1999.
  • International Conference in cooperation with FICE: ‘The Century of the Child. Changes in Views on (Residential) Child and Youth Care. Retrospect and Perspectives’, Maastricht (the Netherlands), MECC, May 10-13, 2000.
  • ‘Residential Care. Last Resort or Positive Choice? Lessons from around Europe’, Swansea (Great- Britain), September 17-18, 2001.
  • Seventh European Scientific Conference on Residential and Foster Care for Children and Adolescents, ‘Revitalising Residential and Foster Care: New Horizons in the 21th Century’, Trondheim (Norway), September 11-14, 2002.
  • Eighth European Scientific Conference on Residential and Foster Care for Children and Adolescents, ‘In the Best Interests of the Child: Cross-Cultural Perspectives’, Leuven (Belgium), April 9 -12, 2003.
  • Ninth European Scientific Conference on Residential and Foster Care for Children and Adolescents, ‘Troubled Children in a Troubled World’, Paris (France), September 21 -24, 2005.
  • International Conference ‘Interventions for Troubled and Troubling Youth: Lessons from Outcome Research’, Leuven (Belgium), October 25, 2007.
  • Tenth European Scientific Conference on Residential and Foster Care for Children and Adolescents, ‘Assessing the ‘Evidence-Base’ of Intervention for Vulnerable Children and Their Families, Cross National Perspectives and Challenges for Research, Practice and Policy’, Padova (Italy), March 26-29, 2008.
  • Eleventh Biennial International EUSARF ‘How Interventions in Child and Family Care Work. Research and Practice-Based Findings on Interventions Regarding Vulnerable and Troublesome Children and Their Families’. Groningen (the Netherlands), 22-25 September 2010 (www.eusarf2010.nl).
  • Twelfth Biennial EUSARF Conference ‘All Our Children. Positive Experiences, Successful Outcomes for Looked After and Other Vulnerable Children’. Glasgow (Scotland), 3-7 September 2012 (www.eusarf2012.org)
  • Thirteenth Biennial EUSARF Conference ‘Making a difference’. Copenhagen (Denmark), 2-5 September 2014 (www.sfi.dk/eusarf2014-11463.aspx).
  • The 14th International EUSARF Conference Shaping the future. Oviedo (Spain), 13-16 September, 2016 (www.congresoeusarf.com/eusarf2016/introduction_en_66.php)

 

 

 

Technical secretary
Could be Love, Lda
Rua Francisco Sanches, 110
4050-282 Porto, Portugal
+351914894575
secretariat@eusarf2018porto.com
Conference location
CENTRO DE CONGRESSOS DA ALFÂNDEGA DO PORTO
Rua Nova da Alfândega
Edifício da Alfândega
4050-430 Porto