The special support group for parents who have fallen victim to the benefits issue is expanding. In total, there are now more than three hundred recordings from parents whose children have been removed from their homes.
The fact that the sufferer, even when compensation in a benefits case begins, has not yet been suffered is something they also see in the Benefits Cause Support Team (OT). Take one of the mothers directed by the team. She was recognized as a victim of this case and received the first monetary compensation of 30 thousand euros. She was forced to buy a car from them – she lost her home long ago, as well as her child. If she can’t sleep with her family or acquaintances now, she’ll at least have a roof over her head thanks to that car.
A total of 2,090 children were removed from their homes. To help their parents, a support group has been set up by Minister Frank Werwind (Legal Protection). “It’s not always about bringing the kids back,” says Judith Peters of the OT. For example, the support team, which will soon be expanded with ten more staff, helps unravel what happened in the lives of victims. With the aim of helping parents regain control of their lives or making the parents’ voice heard. “But sometimes it also has to do with small, practical matters that we help with.”
Transferring is also not always the desire, because transferring assumes you have your life in order
Return is not always desired
To date, 10 children have been reunited with their biological parents. Contact between parents and children was restored in 11 families, and more appropriate help was arranged for 61 parents. In 23 cases, visitation rights were extended. A replacement is also not always the desire, because a transfer assumes you have your life in order. That you no longer live in your car, for example.” Many beneficiary parents still struggle with problems caused by the government. The fact that it was recently revealed that the recovery process to compensate victims could take until 2030 shows that there is still a long way to go. Cut it to many parents.
There is an interest in the lessons we learn
If parents go this route, they will also have to give him a place where recovery is not always possible. “If a foster parent’s child has been living with a foster family for nine years, you can’t fix that. Those nine years are never coming back,” Peters says. “Sometimes it’s also about acknowledging that.”
In the beginning there was a lot of criticism of the Old Testament. It does not have the authority to make custody decisions or direct aid agencies to take a particular course of action. We ignored this criticism and decided to work first. We do not want to persevere ourselves, because then we would lose our neutral position.”
No member of the support team will make harsh remarks to the youth welfare system, which is already underfunded and staffed. “Our strategy is not to hang our heads above the barrier and, above all, to mediate, although this does not always go as we would like.”
More and more parents are signing up
More and more parents are now reporting through word of mouth, but also through media attention. According to Peters, this shows courage and courage that, despite their great distrust of the government, they still took a step towards an organization set up by the government. Constant enthusiasm also means that the team must expand. There will be 10 new experienced supervisors, a total of 55 staff who maintain direct contact with parents.
It is not difficult to fill these vacancies: they are seen as important. There are also no time limits for process facilitators – they can devote as much attention to the parents as necessary. This is attractive to employees. The Support Group is a temporary organization, which should disappear once parents with children in care have been adequately assisted. But when exactly the work will be completed is also difficult for Peters to say.
However, the hope is that the support team’s legacy will eventually turn out to be one that benefits all parents who have to deal with youth care. The first learning moments have already been put down on paper. Clearly, many parents with children under child custody need a neutral party to whom they can turn.
Peters hopes that such ideas could eventually mean something to a larger group of parents of children in care. “Anyway, we can already see that there is interest in our experiences and the lessons we’re gathering, as well as from the Department of Justice and Security.”
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