Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB) is a unique UK-based charity which identifies and protects children who have been separated from family members as a consequence of trafficking, abduction, migration, divorce, conflict and asylum, as well as other vulnerable individuals in often desperate circumstances.
CFAB acts as a lifeline to these children and is the only charity in the UK providing expert advice and guidance, skilled professional services, and emotional support for anyone in these desperate personal circumstances. CFAB’s mission is to advocate for these children and vulnerable individuals by ensuring that their best interests are paramount and that their right to family life is respected.
John O’Neill founded and is currently chairing the CFAB International Business Club. This influential club offers unique prospects for members to benefit from CFAB’s unprecedented Diplomatic and International connections.
John first got involved in the Irish Youth Foundation over 20 years ago and is currently a Trustee, having been Chairman from 2003 to 2011.
The purpose of the IYF (UK) is to raise funds and award grants that give support to various projects that help improve the lives of children and young disadvantaged Irish people in the UK and Northern Ireland. The IYF has donated almost £4 million to projects to date and is the only national charity in Britain specifically aimed at helping young Irish people.
The IYF supports a wide range of welfare organisations and community groups providing: help for the homeless, women and children escaping violence, young offenders and prisoners; employment and training schemes; drug rehabilitation; cultural activities and cross-community initiatives. The people who benefit are made up of socially, economically or culturally disadvantaged young Irish adults and children, and the aim is to help them lead a more integrated and fulfilling life.