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DEKAD-Denizli Foster Family Association

National Network: 
Turkey
Address: 
Altıntop Mah. Meseret Sk. Akçagül Apt. No:15/11 Merkezefendi/DENİZLİ
20010 Denizli
Turkey
Telephone: 
+90 258 241 33 88
Telephone (other): 
+90 258 263 59 79
Fax: 
+90 258 241 33 88
Mobile Phone: 
+90 532 3044838
Mobile Phone (other): 
+90 505 395 66 25
Organisation Type: 
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment: 
2009
Fields of Activity: 
General Information: 

Denizli Foster Family Association focuses on the children in need of protection. DFFA was established in 2009 with the motive that all the children without parental care have a right to grow up in a safe, warm and nurturing family environment.

Our association is working both nationally and globally to promote foster family system and improve quality of the system in use.

Mission and Objectives: 

Our mission is to ensure that every child in need of protection grow in a safe and nurturing family. The foster care system should be child-centered and shouldmeet the international standards.

Child-centered care,means the child grows in a socially, psychologically, morally, mentally and physically respected, healthy andopen environment.Our association practices child rights-based approach.

Main Projects / Activities: 

Our association performs activities regarding
• The promotion of Foster Family system in both local and national scale,
• Adaptation of Foster Family candidates to the process by exchanging information and good practice.
• The quality improvement of the current foster family system by supporting the families and children in the system.

Within the scope of EU Ministry Civil Society Dialogue, a project called “Every child has a right to grow in a loving family” has been created in cooperation with Netherlands. As a result of the project a draft bill has been prepared and presented to Ministry of Family and Social Policies. Negotiations continue within the legislative department.

Another EU project continue in cooperation with Czech Republic, Lithuania and Belgium regarding the foster care systems worldwide and comparative analysis of foster family model practices. The project will be completed in 2017 with 4 different films and a book comprising of foster family stories in 5 languages.

As a leading civil society organization in Turkey, our association mentors the setting up CSOs in different provinces, continues its collaboration with CEOs working in child field and works towards a formation of national foster family network.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?: 

The target of our association is a social life wherethe rights of the all the children stated in international conventions (CRC) are guaranteed. Our aim is that all the children across the globe and in our country lives without discrimination based on the race, skin color, nationality, social gender, language or religion.  
Our principles are based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and United Nation guidelines for the alternative care of children.
Our belief that every child should grow in a safe and nurturing environment away from violence values cooperation with different networks, platforms and CSOs. Our association could contribute to this network with the consciousness that a healthy childhood leads to healthy adult; by creating projects with CEOs working in child field.
Our association is a civil society organization open to international cooperation. High in thematic competence, our association’s structural capacity is developing.
With our successful projects, our association was the first to address this field in our country.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?: 

For a child-centered foster care system, a common language and perception should be created across the globe. It is only possible with a formation of a greater network.
We believe that the children are our common future. Therefore our work and experience in this field will be a great source of information for all the projects regarding the children.

Contact (1) Full Name: 
Petek ÜZÜLMEZ
Job Title: 
Board Member
Head of the organisation: 
Denizli
Contact (2) Full Name: 
Ayfer DOĞAN
Job Title: 
chairman

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