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Kind en Gezin We care about small children!!. 1. About Kind en Gezin 1.Mission and Values 2.Our assignment 3.Organisation 4.History.

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1 Kind en Gezin We care about small children!!

2 1. About Kind en Gezin 1.Mission and Values 2.Our assignment 3.Organisation 4.History

3 1.1 Mission and values Kind en Gezin, along with its partners, is committed to creating a maximum of opportunities for every child, wherever and however it was born and raised.

4 1.1 Mission and values Attention for: Diversity Children’s rights Kind en Gezin staff are committed to being:

5 1.2 Assignment Contributing to the well-being of young children and their families in an active way Through 3 policy areas: Preventive family support Childcare Adoption

6 1.2 Assignment Preventive family support Free guidance for parents (to be) from pregnancy until the child is 3 Childcare No organiser but general director of childcare (Flanders and Brussels) Adoption Information to and guidance of adoptive and birth parents

7 Kind en Gezin: Internally autonomous agency with legal responsibility 1.3 Organisation

8 Central divisions Coordinating services: management and development, internal support Provincial divisions Implementation of the services provision

9 1.3 Organisation Kind en Gezin contact centre Internal and external communication Complaints dept

10 Covering the 3 policy areas Kind en Gezin – Contact centre Questions and counselling (3 policy areas) Making/changing appointments for house calls, consultations Complaints department Complaints about the Kind en Gezin services provision Complaints about institutions or individuals employed within the Kind en Gezin sector 1.3 Organisation

11 Internal and external communication External communication addressed at parents and partners - One-to-one consultations -Website (per theme/stage in infancy) -Newsletters on pregnancy, the evolution from baby to toddler, childcare, adoption and family support (per age/ad hoc) -Brochures, leaflets, posters, accounts, annual reports -Video material -Social media -Campaigns -Information evenings and fairs (pregnant women), starters markets (childcare)

12 1.3 Organisation - Training sessions and refresher courses (childcare) - Online learning modules (professionals) External communication for doctors - Extranet

13 1.3 Organisation Internal communication - Intranet, news items -De Schakel (staff magazine) -Website -Online learning modules -Accounts, annual reports, in-depth information -Training sessions and refresher courses

14 1.3 Organisation Advisory committee Advisory committee on adoption

15 Advisory committee Issues advice (request by the Administrator General – own initiative) Touchstone of policy implementation Advisory committee to the Flemish Centre for Adoption Issues advice to this organisation 1.3 Organisation

16 1904: Start organised child care First efforts by volunteers 1919: National Work for Child Welfare (NWK) Organised at national level 1984: Kind en Gezin Organised at Flemish-Community level 1987: Kind en Gezin as a Flemish public institution (VOI) 2006: Kind en Gezin as an internally autonomous agency with legal personality 1.4 History

17 2. Preventive Family support 1.Assignment 2.Target group 3.Prenatal services provision 4.Postnatal services provision 5.Partners 6.Innovation: Huizen van het Kind (one-stop shops)

18 2.1 Assignment Kind en Gezin guides parents (to be) from pregnancy until the child is 3. Characteristics of the services Preventive On a voluntary basis Free of charge Demand-driven customised care Supportive of a positive attitude Acknowledging parents’ possibilities Reaching out to socially vulnerable groups

19 2.1 Assignment Key themes Healthy food and exercise Body care and hygiene Health and full set of vaccinations Safe living and sleeping environments Optimal development Positive parenthood

20 2.1 Assignment Organised in district teams District team managers District nurses Family support workers Supported by provincial consultants, lactation specialists and provincial consulting physicians In infant welfare clinics too: physicians and volunteers

21 Districts in Antwerp

22 Districts in Limburg

23 Districts in East Flanders

24 Districts in West Flanders

25 Districts in Flemish Brabant and Brussels

26 2.2 Target group Parents to be (prenatal services provision) Families with children aged 0-3 (postnatal services provision)

27 2.3 Prenatal services provision Info evenings and maternity fairs in cooperation with maternity clinics Information Pregnancy booklet Brochures Kind in Beeld: information conveyed through pictures and pictographs Website Kind en Gezin – contact centre Newsletters on pregnancy Social media

28 2.3 Prenatal services provision Guidance of (socially) vulnerable pregnant women E.g. teenage pregnancies, addiction, financial problems, individuals without identity papers, disabled individuals, … Prenatal support centres in some of the bigger towns Prenatal consultations and house calls Referral to mainstream services provision Smaller towns and municipalites: house calls by the district nurse

29 2.4 Postnatal services provision Introductory visit (in maternity clinic or at home) House calls Hearing test Provision of services on education (incl. Consultation on Education Support)

30 2.4 Postnatal services provision Consultations at infant welfare clinic Weighing and measuring (volunteers) Preventive medical examination by a physician Vaccinations Eye test at 12 and 24 months Discussion of questions

31 2.4 Postnatal services provision Information Child booklet Brochures Kind in Beeld: information conveyed through pictures and pictographs Website Kind en Gezin – contact centre Newsletters ‘Van baby tot kleuter’ (from baby to toddler) Social media

32 2.5 Partners Partners registered and subsidised by Kind en Gezin Authorities organising infant welfare clinics and prenatal support centres 'Inloopteams‘ (supplying educational support to deprived families) Childcare and family support centres Education shops Maternity care expertise centres Confidential centers on child abuse and neglect

33 2.5 Partners ‘EXPOO' (expertise centre on education support) 'Opvoedingslijn' (contact centre for eductional issues) Initiatives geared at enhancing play and encounter Local projects -E.g. Domo volunteers (helping with education through support) -E.g. Enhancing schooling opportunities

34 2.5 Partners Other partners Maternity clinics Gynaecologists Self-employed midwives Maternity and family care services Paediatricians and GPs Centres for General Welfare Women’s shelters Centres for Overall Family Care

35 Partnership Kind en Gezin Local organisations committed to assisting (future) families and young people 2.6 Innovation: Huizen van het Kind

36 Open to all parents (to be) One-stop shop for education and growing-up Preventive health care, education support and promotion of encounter and social cohesion as a minimum services offer Local offer geared to local needs and harnessing local opportunities

37 3. Child care 1.Assignment 2.Types of child care 3.Functions of formal child care 4.Central and local policy 5.Monitoring and inspection 6.Subsidies for child care 7.1 April 2014: new parliament act on child care

38 3.1 Assignment Contributing to the well-being of young children and their families in an active way through high-quality childcare Preparing the Flemish policy on childcare Implementing legislation Supporting parents and childcare In Flanders and Brussels

39 3.2 Types of childcare Kind en Gezin oversees: Formal childcare for babies and toddlers Informal childcare – formal childcare -Informal: voluntary childcare taken up by grandparents, relatives, neighbours,… -Formal: regulated, organised childcare Home-based childcare – centre-based childcare -Home-based childcare: max. 8 children -Centre-based childcare: starting from 9 children

40 3.2 Types of childcare Fee: related to income – ad hoc -Fee related to income: parents pay according to income -Ad hoc: fixed fee, fixed by the childcare provider After-school childcare Initiatives for after-school childcare Self-employed after-school childcare

41 3.2 Types of childcare Childcare provision likely to be extended Inclusive childcare (for children with specific care needs) Flexible childcare (early in the morning, late in the evening, during the week-end, …)

42 3.3 Functions of formal childcare Economic function Parents can take a job and earn an income Child care = job opportunities for lots of people Social function As a means of combatting the exclusion of disadvantaged groups (both children and parents) As a means of promoting integration

43 3.3 Functions of formal childcare Pedagogical function Provides care and security Enhances children’s physical and psychological development Is a space for interaction with other children Teaches how to interact respectfully with other children

44 3.4 Central and local policy Kind en Gezin= Central director Local authority (municipality and OCMW): responsible for local childcare policy 3 instruments Local Childcare Policy Plan Local Childcare Consultation -Municipality can organise its own childcare Local Childcare Desk -Supports parents in their search for childcare

45 3.5 Monitoring and inspection Kind en Gezin doesn’t carry out ANY inspections Inspections are effected by the Flemish Care Inspectorate, which draws up an inspection report with recommendations Kind en Gezin makes decisions based on the report and recommendations of the Flemish Care Inspectorate

46 3.6 Subsidies for childcare Level 3 Subsidy ‘plus’ Subsidy on income-based fee Base subsidy Level 1 Base subsidy Level 2 Subsidy on income-based fee Base subsidy – Vulnerable families – Priority rules – Fee based on income – Priority rules – Use of Dutch – Open 220 days a year Individual special care zorg Individual and/or structural special care

47 4. Het Vlaams Centrum voor Adoptie (Flemish Centre for Adoption) 1.Assignment 2.Legislation 3.Domestic adoption 4.Intercountry adoption

48 4.1 Assignment Supervises all adoptions of minors, both domestic and intercountry adoptions

49 The Hague Convention (1993) and Belgian legislation 2 major principles: Adoptability (free and fully informed consent) Subsidiarity (Intercountry adoption as a last resort: after adoption by own relatives and domestic adoption) 4.2 Legislation

50 Child resident in Belgium adopted by parents resident in Belgium Unknown child (through adoption agency) Procedure: Information session and preparation for parents as required Social enquiry into prospective adoptive parents –guidance and support for birth parents – placement of child and after-care through adoption agency Adoption verdict pronounced in court 4.3 Domestic adoption

51 Known child (stepparent, co-mother, foster child) Procedure: Applications through VCA Preparation by ‘EVA-vorming' Adoption proceedings before the juvenile court Adoption verdict following a social enquiry, if required 4.3 Domestic adoption

52 Child resident abroad is adopted by parents resident in Belgium Procedure: Info session (Adoption Support Centre) or individual meeting with VCA (intra-family adoption) Preparation after management of candidate parents inflow (Adoption Support Centre) Social enquiry (3 accredited services) Suitability judgement by the juvenile court 4.4 Intercountry adoption

53 Mediation by adoption service (3 accredited services) or independent adoption (via VCA) Accreditation by Federal Central Authority After-care (adoption services, Adoption Support Centre, meeting groups) 4.4 Intercountry adoption

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