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International Conference: Child in Kinship Care – preparation and subsequent support of the families

Prague, 16 – 18. September 2020
The aim of the conference is to offer a comparison of approaches and workflows in different countries in order to enrich each other’s practices, share experiences, promote international cooperation in this area. Our intention is to bring colleagues from around 20 different countries togeather.

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A total of 18,636 (December 31, 2016) children grow up in various types care (but not with their parents) in the Czech Republic (same date in 2015 it was 18,151 children). Most of the children were entrusted to Kinship care (58.6%, in 2015 it was 57.2%) which is in Czech republic part of foster care.
In the years 2015 and 2016, more than 5,000 children were placed out of their homes. In half of the cases it was into kinship care (51.7% in 2015 and 51.4% in 2016).
At the end of 2016, there were a total of 11,059 subtitude caregiver in the Czech Republic who had a family relationship with their child. A total of 57% of the subtitude caregiver were grandparents, 13.2% were other relatives.  The proportion of children entrusted to foster care of relatives varies considerably in individual regions (see Table 4). An analysis of the situation of custodial foster care carried out a detailed analysis of substitute family care data by region for the years 2014 to 2016 and found that the smallest proportion of children entrusted to foster care was recorded in the South Moravian Region (38% in 2015 to 52.4 % in 2016). In this region, at least half of the children have always been entrusted to foster care with so-called “foreign” (unrelated) persons. A higher proportion of children entrusted to the care of “foreign persons” was also recorded in the Pardubický Region (42.2% in 2014 and 46.1% in 2016) and in the Vysočina Region (40, 9% in 2015). A relatively large change in this period was recorded in the Ústí nad Labem Region, where the proportion of children entrusted to unrelated foster care increased from 21% to 49% between 2014 and 2015 (in 2016, however, inbreeding was again significantly higher). The region with the largest absolute number of children entrusted to foster care, the Moravian-Silesian Region,, like most other regions, is on the national average (ie about two thirds of children entrusted to foster care, or between 65 and 75% of children).

Previously held conference

Prague, Sept. 7- 9, 2017

The purpose of the conference was to provide a meeting place for experts who use PRIDE model of practise as a tool for improving the care for children in foster and adoptive families. More information about PRIDE can be found at Representatives of many European countries and USA  have been invited to a conference in Prague. The conference thus provided an opportunity to share examples of good practice, to gain inspiration for the further development of PRIDE implementation in the various national systems of care for children at risk. The costs of organizing the conference were covered by the EEA / Norwegian Funds program.