We are all born and live in families. Every family is unique with its own culture, personalities, individual dynamics and history. Every family goes through difficulties and problems every now and then. There are difficult situations related with children, youth, parents, older people in the family which might be sorted out easily with the support of relatives and friends. There are also cases when some help from health specialists, educational institutions, social services or other agencies could be necessary.
The Family group conference is a way to find out solutions to various problems when children, parents, members of the extended family, friends come together to make a plan. It is based on an old traditional and easy to understand concept – the power of the family circle. The family conference provides an opportunity chance for the family to get together, mobilize its own strengths and resources and to make the best possible plan to overcome the problems of a child or another member of the family. The members of the family take the decisions and the responsibilities. The professional do not decide – they provide the necessary information, support and services.
Tulip Foundation laid the fundament for the application of the method Family Group conference in Bulgaria in 2011 with the Trust in the Family Programme with partnership of Eigen Kracht Centrale. Tulip Foundation is an active member of the EU FGC network.
The colleagues from RK Centrum in the Check Republic organised a national conference to present widely and share their experience in FGC. They invited also partners from other countries in Central and Eastern Europe. Monika Miklošková from Úsmev ako dar presented “The results and the challenges of the implementation process”: based on their almost 10 years practice in Slovakia. Branka Ivanovič from IN Foundation presented “An innovative model for support to Multi Problem families – the experience of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Maria Petkova from Tulip Foundation spoke about “Family group conference as an opportunity for children, families and specialists”.