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Mick Pease, Founder of Substitute Families for Abandoned Children (SFAC) charity. Mick has worked in social work 36 years, almost 30 with local government in child protection, adoption and fostering.
Earlier in his years, he was an underground United Kingdom coal miner and later went through a three years study in Bible College. He started his social work career in 1979 working in a 16-bed mixed adolescent unit. Five years later he qualified as a social worker and worked in Child Protection with the City of Leeds local government. His interest in family-based care developed as he moved to the adoption section then some years later combined foster care and kinship care.
In 1997 Mick & his wife lived in Sao Paulo Brazil for 12 months working as volunteers with a children’s mission. It was there he first became aware of the lack of family-based care alternatives for children separated from their family. Since then he has vigorously defended the child’s right to a family as well as a family life, rather than institutions. In 2002 he started the UK registered charity SFAC – Substitute Families for Abandoned Children initially working in Brazil to help develop that theme through training and consultancy. Very quickly the organization was responding to requests to work on different continents with deinstitutionalisation projects and promoting family-based care alternatives.
SFAC provides practical training, based on research and experience, on topics such as;
- What does family care mean?
- What does it look like?
- How is it done?
SFAC has worked in over 22 countries conducting seminars, workshops, and consultancy with children’s care workers, social workers, psychologists, judges, lawyers, NGOs (faith and non faith based) and governments.