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Opgroeien (Growing Up)

Opgroeien (Growing Up)
Geographical Focus
National level
Type of organisation
Governmental/Public Body
Main Activity Type
Service ProvisionCapacity BuildingPolicy developmentResearch and knowledgeMonitoring and EvaluationPublishing
Quality PedagogyHealth ProgramsChild RightsAccess to ServicesParenting Support
Targeted Age Groups
Before childbirth (pregnancy)Birth to three
Members target groups
ChildrenVulnerable marginilized childrenParents/care-takersEducatorsHealth professionalsSupervisors (inspectors)Managers of servicesPolicy makersLocal authoritiesStudentsPractitioners with migrant background


Opgroeien (Growing Up), together with its partners, aims to create as many opportunities as possible for every child, regardless of where he or she was born or where and how he or she is growing up.
Opgroeien (Growing Up) is an agency that works actively in ‘Public Health, Welfare and Family’ policy area. The Flemish agency focuses on preventive treatment and guidance of young children geared to good outcomes in the future. We work hard to enable children to achieve their full developmental potential, physically, mentally, emotionally and socially, with respect for diversity and children’s rights. This principle holds good for all the different areas that we work in.
Opgroeien (Growing Up) is responsible for:
-registration of high quality child care;
-optimal support for parents-to-be and parents with young children;
-the criteria that adoption agencies have to meet.
We closely monitor all changes in society as a matter of course. Day in day out we come into contact with thousands of families and work with partners and other actors in the field. This gives us a wealth of information, allowing us to respond both educational and medical fields, to assist us in our work. We constantly adapt our services, so that we can offer every parent and every child the best help possible. We also participate in national and international campaigns and projects: with boundless respect for every child and for the rights of the child.