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ACT NOW FOR FAMILIES OF TODAY

ACT NOW FOR FAMILIES OF TODAY

COFACE has the ambition to shape together a strong social Europe fit for families and foster a European society that is more inclusive, offers equal opportunities and brings everyone forward.
In preparation of the next European elections on 6-9th June 2024, here are ten specific actions we would like to see integrated in the programme of the European Union.

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

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 infancy. 

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Early Childhood intervention in Portugal – Fundação LIGA takes centre stage in cross-municipal ECEC conference 

Early Childhood intervention in Portugal – Fundação LIGA takes centre stage in cross-municipal ECEC conference 

The end of March 2024 marked a significant event for Fundação LIGA, our Portuguese COFACE Disability member. In fact, representatives of their Early Childhood Intervention Program participated in the inaugural meeting of ELI AASMA. ELI AASMA is the Early Childhood Intervention Association for the municipalities of Alenquer, Arruda dos Vinhos, and Sobral de Monte Agraço and serves as a platform for collaboration and knowledge-sharing among professionals working to support children and families.   

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COFACE participates in EU Belgian Presidency Social Summit 

COFACE participates in EU Belgian Presidency Social Summit 

On 14 and 15 April, COFACE Families Europe participated in the Social Summit on the Future of Social Europe that took place in the small Belgian village of La Hulpe. The purpose of the high-level conference was to sign an inter-institutional declaration, with the ultimate goal of shaping the future social agenda of the European Union for period of 2024-2029.

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COFACE Member FLW’s housing loans: Support for retired parents 

COFACE Member FLW’s housing loans: Support for retired parents 

COFACE member, Fonds du Logement Wallonie (FLW) provides housing loans to large families for the creation of special accommodation for one or more parents aged 60 or over. Since 2022, this option has been available to all households (with or without children) meeting certain income conditions: total taxable income for the penultimate year, i.e. 2022 for an application submitted in 2024, may not exceed EUR 76,000, plus EUR 5,000 per dependent child. 

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Life-long learning:  Bringing the family perspective to the education field

Life-long learning: Bringing the family perspective to the education field

This expert meeting will bring together speakers from Ireland and Europe to help pave the way for family-centred education and learning systems. The expert meeting will be an opportunity to spotlight the diversity of educational approaches by featuring professionals working with families in different EU countries, to share their insights on developing learning materials by-with-for families.

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New European study brings the voice of families to the fore on need for a more robust approach to supporting families

New European study brings the voice of families to the fore on need for a more robust approach to supporting families

The rEUsilience project under Horizon Europe (with COFACE as an intergral partner), has recently presented its latest findings from focus groups involving over 300 family members across six European countries (Belgium, Croatia, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom). These insights delve into the realities families encounter amidst socio-economic risks like job loss and substantial care responsibilities.

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COFACE Families Europe ‘Easy-to-Read’ Resources

COFACE Families Europe ‘Easy-to-Read’ Resources

“Easy-to-read” is information that is written in a simple and clear way so that all people can understand it. In the ever-evolving landscape of information sharing, the matter of accessibility takes center stage at COFACE, particularly when it comes to our resources and the information we disseminate.

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COFACE working group on education for social rights

COFACE working group on education for social rights

The working group aims to create an informal and collaborative space, serving as an education hub, where members from different countries can learn from one another, exchange ideas, build partnerships and explore ways to improve and promote their education practices.  

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