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Orbán cabinet launching campaign to promote foster parenting

Orbán cabinet launching campaign to promote foster parenting

The Hungarian government is preparing to launch a nationwide campaign in the autumn to promote foster parenting, a human resources ministry official said on Friday.

The campaign that will reach all of Hungary’s 19 counties will aim to raise awareness among young people about foster care, state secretary for social inclusion Attila Fülöp told public news channel M1.

The government is committed to aiding the profession of social work, he said, adding that next year’s budget earmarks an extra 850 million forints (EUR 2.6m) towards expanding Hungary’s foster care network.

Foster parents play an important role in social responsibility by committing themselves to providing the needed environment for children until they can be reunited with their families, Fülöp said.

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The role of foster parent in Hungary has been recognised as employment since 2014,

the state secretary said. Fostered parents today receive 60,000 forints per child compared with the 15,000 forints they were paid four years ago, he added.

As we wrote afew weeks ago, the government’s family home-creation scheme (Csok) has helped 81,000 families in its first three years, read more HERE.

According to the Hungarian Central Statistical Office (HCSO), the income of the families highly defines the general health state of even the 16-year-old children. Though the Hungarian government introduced daily PE classes many years ago, every fifth child is overweight. Thus, type 2 diabetes is becoming more and more frequent among them even though it regularly appears only in older age. Furthermore, 3/4th of the children and adolescents do not take part in dental inspections at all, read more HERE.

Photo: MTI (illustration)

Source: MTI

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