Helping those who open their doors

All the opportunities to contribute to the protection, welcome and integration of unaccompanied fo-reign minors and young refugees in our cities.

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Do you want to take part in a family hospitality or solidarity project for unaccompanied foreign minors and young refugees? Select your comune and find out more. Our staff is available to answer your questions.

  • Are you from Bologna?

    Do you live in a comune of the Metropolitan City? Apply to receive more information on Vesta Fa-mily Hospitality, Family Support, Foster Care and Voluntary Tutelage of unaccompanied foreign minors.

    Apply here
  • Are you from Ferrara?

    Do you live in a comune in the Ferrara area? Apply to receive more information on Vesta Family Hospitality, Family Support, Foster Care and Voluntary Mentoring of unaccompanied foreign mi-nors.

    Apply here
  • Are you from another town?

    Do you want to take part? Contact us for more information on the forms of solidarity active throu-ghout the country.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I offer hospitality even if my home is rented?

Yes, to apply you do not need to be the owner of the property.

What exactly is a ‘refugee’?

A refugee is someone who has a “well- founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, reli-gion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country” [Article 1A of the 1951 Geneva Convention concerning the status of refugees].

What is the difference between foster care and adoption?

Foster care is a temporary welcoming of a minor, and very different to adoption. Furthermore, the custody of an unaccompanied foreign minor has specific features relating mainly to the absence of the family of origin on the Italian territory. For this reason foster care of an unaccompanied foreign minor does not provide for a reactivation of the parenting skills of origin, but is aimed at providing a welcoming family context, with an individual and personalised planning enabling the child to aim full independence in the future.