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Italy: Waiting for foster parents

Thousands of refugees are stranded on the south coast of Sicily, among them many children who either set off without their parents or lost them on the way. Their only hope now is to be taken in by foster families or be adopted.

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A growing number of couples in Italy are taking in refugee children. Last year totaling there were around potential foster parents - but only 10 children were assigned. Parents have to go on special courses in preparation, while tough suitability criteria and officials overstretched are currently preventing more minors from being taken in by the families.