Kind en Gezin (Child and Family), Jongerenwelzijn (Youth Welfare) and part of the offer of the Vlaams Agentschap voor Personen met een Handicap (VAPH, Flemish Agency for Persons with Disabilities) together form a new agency: Opgroeien (Growing up).
The agency is joining forces to create as many opportunities as possible for all children and young people, including their families, who grow up in Flanders and Brussels. Katrien Verhegge heads the new agency, together with two managing directors: Bruno Vanobbergen and Inge Kinnaer.
The new agency’s service provision ranges from preventive family support, childcare, the Growth Package, foster care, adoption, youth support and the approach to juvenile delinquents. The Growing Up Agency explicitly opts for an integrated, multidisciplinary approach in cooperation with a large number of partners. In this way, families are given maximum support.
Katrien Verhegge, Administrator General: “Our new agency offers incredible opportunities to support children, young people and families in Flanders. Whether a child has specific childcare needs, or wether a youngster can no longer grow up at home, or a family is looking for information, support will be offered by a single agency.”