The International Child and Youth Care Network (CYC-NET) is a registered non-profit and public benefit organisation in South Africa (031-323-NPO, PBO 930015296), running in terms of its own Constitution. CYC-NET is also approved by the South African Revenue Service to be exempt from paying taxes and duties [Section 10(1) (cN) of the Act]. Furthermore, as an approved public benefit organisation, donations to CYC-NET made inside the Republic of South Africa are tax deductable in the hands of the donors [Section 18A(1)(a)].

The International Child and Youth Care Network (CYC-NET) may also receive donations through the CYC-Net International Education Fund (USA). Money from this fund is used to support CYC-Net international education in making available CYC resources as well as supporting networking and CYC training worldwide. Donations* received from inside the USA qualify under the 501(c)(3) non-profit tax code and may be deducted from federal income taxes depending on your personal tax situation. Donors in the USA will receive a letter acknowledging their donation.

CYC-Net is the coming together of people, ideas, critical thought and literature from the broadest possible spectrum in the child and youth care field. It's a place to share, a place to hang out, a place to meet, and a place to learn.

CYC-Net has often been described as the most valuable child and youth care resource in the world. It serves thousands of unique users every year and has hundreds of thousands of visits each year.

One of the pillars on which CYC-Net was founded is that it is provided as open access to the end-user.

You will find limited advertising on CYC-Net. It's not that we don't like advertising. We do. But we like to think that "a little goes a long way".

* Please note that only DONATIONS are tax deductible. Goods or services purchased through CYC-Net eg. membership fees or subscriptions do not qualify as donations.

How is funding used?


Maintaining the ICT infrastructure which stores the extensive library of tens of thousands of open-access reference pages.


Producing our monthly e-journal with access to all back issues to 1999.

Regular CYC-related news updates

Updated daily with news and discussion about the field of Child and Youth Care, reports, opinion pieces, regular features, press releases, links to relevant sites, links to our extensive archives, weekly podcasts – and even a cartoon!

The CYC-Net Discussion Groups

Our discussion groups on Facebook host thousands of members wordlwide. Go here for more information about joining. Many hours are dedicated to ensuring these moderated discussion groups enables connections between practitioners, students, teachers, supervisors, trainers and managers throughout the world.

Our People

We run a tight ship! CYC-Net employs only two members of staff – a COO and a content administrator. Everything else CYC-Net provides is achieved through largely volunteer efforts through our established networks.  So when you access CYC-Net, please pause and think about how others have contributed to your continuing professional development through these efforts.


The CYC-NET Constitution lists three important items about membership and funds:

1. CYC-Net is provided as open-access
All people interested or involved in the field of child and youth care are welcome to participate in its discussions and make use of the web site.

CYC-Net was developed with the intention of supporting those who work professionally with children and youth. Often, these people are isolated and unsupported in geographically underserved and dispersed parts of the world, where access to information and low income levels frequently prevents them from accessing any information whatsoever. It is only through voluntary subscriptions by universities, colleges, training facilities, service organisations, associations and individuals that CYC-Net continues to provide this valuable resource serving the learning needs of the wider Child and Youth Care community.

2. Voluntary subscriptions/donations
Those who provide a voluntary contribution/subscription here will be able to participate more fully in CYC-NET's affairs (e.g. nominate Board members, vote at meetings, receive reports, etc.)

3. CYC-NET can receive subscriptions and donations

Because of the international nature of CYC-NET and the wide diversity in our members:

  1.  Fees and Donation options are price-tagged in US dollars. This currency is universally understood and gives a common basis for calculation.
  2.  Members and donors may choose a price range which is comfortable for them. An Associate Member (Individual) may choose, for example, a $15, a $30 or a $50 price tag for Associate Membership.* 

* Note that international exchange rates differ so widely that $20 may be a reasonable fee for a developed country, but may be quite out of reach for a member living within a developing economy.

How to Subscribe and Donate

Please visit this page.

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