16th July 2004

The Fonds Houtman, a Belgian-based foundation specializing in early childhood issues, is funding twelve various initiatives to help children with imprisoned parents. The actions, to be piloted in nine prisons in French-speaking Belgium , were either prison establishment initiatives or joint initiatives between the latter and the Fonds Houtman. A university research program has also been launched to devise self-evaluation tools for organizations and individuals piloting actions for children separated from an imprisoned parent. A series of recommendations will be drafted, thus providing an overall perspective for current and future work within the field. Recommendations will cover legislative and regulatory matters, material constraints, and preventive action that can be taken to avoid certain difficulties encountered by children with imprisoned parents.

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Author: rmchristen