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 traditional annual meeting of the organisations of the European FGC Network took place online in the morning hours of the days from 8 to 12 November. The team of Tulip Foundation organised and hosted series of talks, presentations, working groups and a virtual evening Party.
The colleagues from Germany, England, Scotland, Austria, Spain, Switzerland, France, Czeck Republic, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Latvia, Israel and others presented short updates on the development of the approach in their countries. In numerous joint conversations and Open space sessions we spoke about training of professionals, opportunities to apply FGC in education and in school social work, application of FGC in Court child hearings, in cases of divorce etc. We shared information about new projects, movies, materials, upcoming events and forums. And, of course, we made a plan for the network meeting in the next year.