ISSA welcomes three new member organizations
Kind en Gezin (Child and Family) is an governmental agency that works actively in the 'Public Health, Welfare and Family’ policy area. This Flemish agency focuses on preventive treatment and guidance of young children. They focus on enabling children to achieve their full developmental potential: physically, mentally, emotionally and socially, with respect for diversity and children’s rights.
Kind en Gezin’s focus areas are:
- high quality child care;
- optimal support for parents-to-be and parents with young children;
- quality criteria for adoption agencies
They develop scientific methods, in both educational and medical fields. Kind en Gezin adapts their services constantly, so that they can offer parents and children the highest quality of support possible. They also participate in national and international campaigns and projects. Kind en Gezin, 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.
EADAP, The Society for the Development and Creative Occupation of Children, Youth and their Families, is a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded in 1992 by a group of pre-school education specialists. EADAP's primary objective is the study, promotion and dissemination of educational innovations to develop the potential of all children from preschool age to their first years at school. Its main objective is to promote quality in services for children, young people and their families through research, networking and participation in projects relating to education, the environment, culture and health.
At the same time, EADAP seeks cooperation with reputable institutions of civil society in combating poverty and social exclusion and promote the strengthening and implementation of programs for vulnerable and special risk groups (single-parent families, minorities, Roma, children and youth with disabilities). EADAP designs and implements training programmes, organizes conferences, and implements and supports research.
EADAP's collaborates with individuals, preschool-, primary-, secondary- and higher educational institutions, parents' associations, NGO's, local governmental authorities, public and private organizations, associations, etc.
They work at international, national, regional and local level.
Mala Ulica from Slovenia is a public living room for families with preschool children, for sleepless mothers on maternity leave, for kindergarten children that still have enough energy to play and for mums and dads that want to play somewhere else than at home or let the children take part in activities, supervised by experts.
The mission of the institution is to enable a network of safe and family-friendly places for quality family time as well as to support families with pre-school children a place to play, socialize, counselling for parents plus education on care and upbringing. They also organize courses on preparation for childbirth. Mala Ulica is more and more active in supporting and educating young parents. Not only with regular lectures, have counselling and support group meetings, but also on wider projects liked publishing books and manuals for young parents. So far there is one family center in Ljubljana since 2013, and there are plans to open another location in the near future.