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24 Apr, 2024

COFACE member FAMS launches campaign for single parent childcare access in Spain

Familias Monoparentales (FAMS), declared that single parents don’t depend on other parents, but on the services offered by the Spanish government. This relationship between single parents and government cannot work when:  

  • more than 65% of single parents are looking for part-time work so they can be available for their children in the afternoons. This means reduced income to pay for childcare and the costs that come with childhood. 
  • Single parents do not enjoy priority access to services that help them meet their needs, such as during camps or school holidays. Neither holidays nor sufficient options to care for children exist for all the days of the year, and single parents cannot share this burden with another parent  
  • The children of single parents’ households are not granted the same care time as children of biparental families. Single parent families require double the leave to equal the rights of other children  

Of the over 1.9 million single parent families in Spain, 80% of them are sustained by women and our member FAMS highlights that 49.2% of single parent families in Spain are at risk of poverty and exclusion.  

Read more about FAMS work here. 

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