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Welcome to EUSARF 2016 in OVIEDO!!
Bienvenidos a EUSARF 2016 en Oviedo!!
From 13th to 16th September 2016 the city of Oviedo in Northern Spain will host the XIV EUSARF (European Scientific Association on Residential & Family Care for Children and Adolescents) International Conference that has become one of the most important meeting points in the world for researchers, practitioners and policy makers in the field of child welfare. As the Chairman of the Committee of Organisation of this conference, and on behalf of all my colleagues of the Grupo de Investigación en Familia e Infancia-GIFI (Child and Family Research Group) preparing the conference and members of the EUSARF Committee Board, I would like to invite to all of those people interested in child welfare to share their knowledge, experiences and ideas in Oviedo next year. Our city, Oviedo, is the capital of the Principality of Asturias, one of the Autonomous Communities in Spain, and it has become one of the most preferred venues for all kind of congresses and conferences, both national and international. Our visitors value the warm and friendly environment of our city, which has 200,000 inhabitants and one of the oldest Universities in Spain (from 1608). One of our main aims is that this conference could be an unforgettable time of social activities, meeting new international colleagues, and creating formal and informal spaces for meaningful shared experiences. The official language of the Conference will be English, although Spanish simultaneous translation will be available for plenary sessions and some symposia. With respect to the scientific contents this conference will accept contributions in all the fields of child welfare interventions, but special attention will be paid to key priorities and concerns in the current international arena: e.g., therapeutic residential care, decision making in child care interventions, transitions to adulthood from care, migration and cultural diversity, kinship care, trauma informed care, engaging families and others. With the main aim of organising a special time of scientific, practical and social experience set in a vibrant cultural context, we look forward to seeing you in Oviedo next year.
Jorge F. del Valle
Chairman of the Committee of Organisation EUSARF 2016
Professor of Psychosocial Intervention University of Oviedo (Spain)
Member of the EUSARF Board