The International Foster Care Organisation's European Training Seminar will be held in Prague, Czech Republic from 2 – 6 November 2004


The International Foster Care Organisation's European Training Seminar will be held in Prague, Czech Republic from 2 – 6 November 2004.

The event is being jointly organised by IFCO and the Czech Centre for Adoption and Foster Care (SNRP). The Mayor of Prague, MUDr. Pavel Bem, has kindly agreed to be the patron of the IFCO 2004.

IFCO’s European Conferences have been important places for all those involved in Foster Care to meet and exchange information and experiences. Previous conferences in Berlin and Hungary attracted large numbers of delegates from the former Eastern block and proved to be a source of inspiration for the development of new Foster Care services.

Considerable progress has been made in these developments and IFCO 2004 will aim to highlight this progress and compare and contrast good practice from all parts of Europe and the World.

As the European Union expands to embrace 10 new countries in 2004 it is timely that IFCO 2004 will be held in Prague, the historic and beautiful capital of the Czech Republic.

The Conference will take place at the Conference Centre of the Corinthia Towers Hotel which has in recent years hosted World leaders attending conferences organised by the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, NATO, International Olympic Committee and soon the World Ice Hockey Championships!

Accommodation at special rates will be at this hotel and also at others in many price ranges. Hotel accommodation will be organised by our logistical partner CSA Airtours, a sister company of CSA (Czech Airlines) which will also give discounted air fares to conference delegates.


IFCO 2004 Prague will be longer than previous European IFCO Conferences. There will be a mix of plenary sessions and workshops with four themed days:

Research and Training

Progress and Development of Alternatives to Institutional Care in the Baltic States, Central and Eastern Europe and the CIS.

Professional Foster Care

What is it really like to give and receive Foster Care? (Presentations by Foster Carers and Young People)

If you wish to make a presentation at IFCO 2004 please submit your abstract by June 20 2004.

The Conference language will be English, with Czech/English translation on the final day.

All details about how to submit abstracts, register, book hotels, visas etc. are at http://prague.ifco.info

The Registration fees for IFCO 2004 Prague are:

IFCO members paying by 1 June ? 400

IFCO members paying by 1 August ? 450

Non-members and everybody paying after 1 August ? 500

These fees entitle delegates to attend the Opening and Closing Events, all conference sessions and include all lunches in the Corinthia Towers Hotel.

There is also a ? 100 Registration fee available for people attending as Accompanying Persons who do not attend the actual conference proceedings, but who will be welcomed at the Opening and Closing Events and on a sight-seeing trip.

Accompanying children will also be charged a fee of ?100 - pre-booked child care will be provided.


IFCO Prague Office:

Katka Malinova

Phone +420 233 356 701

Fax +420 233 355 309

Email Prague@ifco.info

IFCO Netherlands Office

Bep van Sloten, Chris Gardiner, Laura Ruaro

Phone +31 70 3462153

Fax +31 70 4279242

Email denhaagoffice@ifco.info

CSA Airtours

Pavla Sebestova

Phone +420 220 104 523

Fax +420 220 104 526

Email pavla.sebestova@airtours.cz

All the people named above speak English and between them they offer Czech, Slovak, German, Dutch, French, Spanish, Italian and Russian.

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