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International Federation of Educative Communities (FICE) USA
Currently, there are 150 million children around the globe who are destined to grow up without parents. FICE firmly believes that respecting, protecting and educating these children are essential to the future of our society. Every day that our global community focuses on these shared values and priorities is one step forward in creating a safer world.
—Dennis W. Felty, President, Keystone Human Services and FICE USA
FICE is an international, non-governmental federation dedicated to promoting the lives and futures of children and young people around the world. Founded by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1948, the Fédération Internationale des Communautés Educatives – or International Federation of Educative Communities – was originally established to address the needs of children displaced or orphaned by World War II, as well as the service workers who supported them through emotional and physical recovery. Today, FICE represents an international network uniting diverse nations through a common vision: to promote the highest standards of services for children and young people and to create positive environments for these children through carefully developed systems of care.
Hoping to re-establish a U.S.-based branch, the members of FICE International asked Keystone Human Services President Dennis Felty to collaborate with them towards this goal, and in 2006, Dennis Felty was elected the first president of FICE USA. FICE USA will endeavor to establish a supportive network of members by organizing seminars, conferences, educational trips and professional training. Providing leadership for this important international advocacy group is one of many components of Keystone's growing global vision: "On a local level, we've always understood that Keystone's grass roots mission does not exist in a vacuum," explains Felty. "As such, my role at FICE is a natural extension of Keystone's pioneering role, and a clear opportunity to take our work to the next plane while seeing it gain greater cohesive strength as a nationally and internationally coordinated movement."