Family group conference

Family Group Conference is an internationally recognised innovative model applied in BiH in working with children and families facing specific life situations and/or crises. Professionals are also involved in the application of this model, but the greatest responsibility for changes is borne by the family itself which resolves a problem at a joint conference (meeting) with the support of its family and social networks, creating the so-called family plan.

This model allows families to employ their own resources to overcome difficulties or challenges. Family Group Conference has a clearly structured work methodology and is applicable in the field of social care, education, health care, and justice (juvenile justice).

The INF has been developing this model in BiH since 2011 in cooperation with civil society organisations and their partners, social welfare centres in local communities.

Supported Projects

Project: The family group conference Gradiska - Association Bridge, Gradiška
Name of organization: Bridge
Address: Spomen park slobode bb, Gradiška
Project duration: 2017-2018
Budget amount approved: 8.948 EUR
Project overall objective: Developing and establishing an innovative model of family group conference in the municipality of Gradiska, through the provision of continous and high-quality support for children and families in crisis.
Project: Family Group Conferences - Association Women from Una, Bihać
Name of organization: Women from Una
Address: Krupska 26, Bihać
Project duration: 2016-2018
Budget amount approved: 17.639 EUR
Project overall objective: The overall objective of the project is to contribute to and improve the quality of support systems and services for families in crisis.
Project: Family Group Conferences - Association Friends of education Amica Educa, Tuzla
Name of organization: Friends of education Amica Educa
Address: Klosterska 13, Tuzla
Project duration: 2016-2018
Budget amount approved: 18.052 EUR
Project overall objective: Improvement of the support system and services for families with children at risk, through empowerment of families via facilitation of FCG's to act as the decision makers in problem resolution process.
Project: The family group conference - Association Our children, Zenica
Name of organization: Our children
Address: Londža 126, Zenica
Project duration:
2014-2017
Budget amount approved:
25.113 EUR
Project overall objective: Improve the system and quality services for families in crisis, using the new model of family group conferences, in a way that strengthen the capacity of vulnerable children and young people, as well as other members of their families in areas of the city of Zenica, in order to strengthen, with the aim of establishing control and return dignity to their lives.
Project: The family group conference - Association Family circle, Bijeljina
Name of organization:
Family circle
Address: Profesora Bakajlića 5/11, Bijeljina
Project duration: 2014-2017
Budget amount approved: 27.055 EUR
Project overall objective: Improving the system and quality of services for the families in crisis, using the new model of family group conference, in a way that strengthens the capacity of vulnerable children and young people, as well as other family members in areas of Bijeljina, in order to establish control and return of dignity into their lives.
Project: Establishment of a new model of working with socially vulnerable families in the city of Mostar - Association Humanitarian organization Altruist, Mostar
Name of organization: Humanitarian organisation Altruist
Address:  Vokića i Lorkovića 89, Mostar
Project duration:   2014-2015
Budget amount approved: 28.000 EUR
Project overall objective: Improve the system and quality services for families in crisis, using the new model of family group conferences, in a way that strengthen the capacity of vulnerable children and young people, as well as other members of their families in areas of the city of Mostar, in order to strengthen, with the aim of establishing control and return dignity to their lives.
Project: Family in action - Association Family Network, Banja Luka
Name of organization: Family Network
Address: Josifa Pančića br. 4, Banja Luka
Project duration: 2012-2015
Budget amount approved: 58.900 EUR
Project overall objective:  Implementation of 30 FGC, improvement in cooperation project team members. Promotion of FGC over media and promotional material to achieve higher level of familiarity of citiyens with the FGC model.

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