Children and families across borders' (CFAB)

Protecting Children and uniting Families Across Borders

We protect vulnerable children separated from their families across international borders.

About CFAB 

CFAB is the only UK charity with an international children’s social work team and the only UK member of the International Social Service (ISS) network. We identify and protect the most vulnerable children who have been separated from their families in complex and often dangerous situations due to conflict, trafficking, migration, family breakdown or asylum-related issues.

Working with partners in 130 countries, we are experts in social work in an international context, cross-border child protection cases, care proceedings requiring cross-border cooperation and overseas placements.

As well as offering a wide range of case management services, we run a free national Advice Line to provide guidance and practical support on child protection issues. We also deliver specialised training in the field of international social work.

What We Do

How we can help

Advice Line

“I've phoned a number of times for complex cases and it has always been helpful.”

-Social Worker

“Great service, easy to access and helpful and knowledgeable staff!”

-Family Practitioner

“Excellent training, I have learnt lots and feel more confident in working with other countries.”

-Social Worker
Who We Help

Amelia’s story

By the age of six, Amelia’s home life had significantly deteriorated. Her father, suffering from poor mental health and drinking too much alcohol, had become violent. Authorities removed Amelia from her home and placed her with unknown foster carers, it did not seem possible for the father’s health to improve enough for him to care for Amelia. With such a traumatic disruption in her life, Amelia’s social worker was keen to find other family members to care for her.

With the help of CFAB, Amelia’s mother was located over 10,000 miles away in New Zealand.  After a thorough investigation of the mother, her mental and physical health, whether her new family would accept Amelia and their financial situation, CFAB recommended Amelia join her mother, new step-father and new half-brother.  CFAB also recommended the UK social worker regularly follow up with Amelia, given her distressing history and new environment. This follow up helped identify early signs of strain and prevent family breakdown, and gave Amelia the best chance of settling into her new family life abroad.

Statistics About Us

A snapshot of 2022/23


through our Advice Line, and 405 children through our casework


concerning children linked to 127 different countries



Partners and Funders

Our Incredible Partners and Funders