L’Albero della Vita was founded in 1997 in Italy as a Voluntary Association and soon afterwards, in 1998, as a Social Cooperative for the management of social-welfare reception services for minors. In 2004, the establishment of the Foundation aimed at giving impetus to the Italian and international projects, to the communication campaigns, fund-raising events and advocacy actions in Italy.
As from 2010, new legal entities have been established in Europe – firstly in Switzerland and subsequently in the Czech Republic and Slovakia – giving life to an international network aimed at promoting ADV’s mission, vision and values in other contexts in the North of the World.
As from 2010, three foreign branch offices of the Italian Foundation have been established in the South of the World: a Liaison Office in India and two operational offices (Branch Offices) in Peru and Kenya.
This was the first European network to promote the rights and well-being of children. It is funded by the European Union, among its members, there are 170 organizations and second level co-ordination groups in 35 countries.
FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS PLATFORM. This is a FRA (Fundamental Rights Agency of the European Commission) platform, the objective of which is to encourage the meeting and the exchange among European civil society organization as regards the issue of human rights.
Child Rights Information Network. This global information network deals with the rights of minors; it has over 2,000 members coming from 150 countries (85% NGOs; 75% organizations with their headquarters in Developing Countries).
International Forum for Child Welfare.This is a global network of NGOs, institutions and universities that deal with the quality of life during childhood and adolescence. Every year, it organizes a world forum to be held in a different country.