Family Group Conference

In 2015, IN foundation has continued to provide support to the established NGO network of 4 organisations in BiH in the field of Family Group Conference. Three new organizations,  “Altruist” Mostar, “Our Children” Zenica and “Family circle” Bijeljina, including the NGO “Family network” from Banja Luka with its branch office in Sarajevo, have continued initiating, developing and implementing the Family Group Conference model and provide services in collaboration with their local partners – Centre for social welfare.

INF, through its activities within the FGC subprogramme, is organising intervision meetings with the aim to o improve the program implementation, identify challenges faced in delivering services and gain a new insight into the implementation of the model of work in BiH context. Project coordinators, independent coordinators and social workers from the three involved NGOs and local CSW’s presented cases of FGCs, discussed about the most common difficulties encountered like how to retain the beneficiaries until the beginning of conference, and in the work and through a joint discussion clarified optimal modalities of model activity.

A seminar entitled “Presentation of FGC model and benefits of it’s integrate into the child and social protection system in BiH,” was held in June 16th-17th, 2015 in hotel “Hollywood”, Sarajevo.  Four years achievements in implementing an innovative model for children and families at risks in Bosnia and Herzegovina were presented to 46 representatives from various ministries, universities, centres for social work and NGOs. The participants gained an understanding of FGC model’s benefits regarding improving children’s well-being and the examples of integration such a service into the practice of a child and social protection in BiH.

Since the beginning of 2015 three partner organisations have organized 49 FGC’s in total, in five targeted local communities in BiH, which have included 85 children, 82 parents and 224 extended family members.

The general impression is that the organizations, independent coordinators and social workers from CSWs understood the benefits of the model for vulnerable children, families at risks and wider social settings, by recognizing the values and strengths of this model compared with the other services.