Plural parenting



Children in foster care have multiple "parents". Cooperation between all people and clear division of the different roles between all people playing a role in the lives of children is important for their development.

Children in foster care have multiple "parents". Cooperation between all people and clear role differentiation between all people who are involved in raising a child is essential. The working group studies research and practises accross Europe to identify innovative methods and effective support services. 

What we achieved

  • Comparison accross Europe
    Different legal systems accross Europe are collected and compared through questionnaires and the report is presented at a seminar around the topic in Milano Nov.2015.

  • Factsheet 
    Different definitions and concepts (legal, social and emotional) are collected,  discussed and described in a factsheet that can be downloaded here. 

Work in progress

  • Research and good practise models are studied in the group and presented in Linao and will also be presented at the seminar about co-parenting in Lille in Dec. 2016 where innovative models and research are being presented. 
  • Recommendations about best practises and methods will be laid down in a paper and working group members will actively contribute to introduce these in other countries.



Research about how children cope with multiple parents, what helps them and what challenges they are facing is collected and comparisons made. Outcomes of findings will be published here.

Good practice examples

Accross Europe foster- and family care support services are developing working methods to assist all stakeholders to work together in the best interest of the child. Methods like Social Network Strategic working, Co-parenting support, Family Group Conferences and other methods will be described, discussed and presented here.

Laws and regulations

Accross Europe different legislative structures lead to different ways through which the legal position of parents, foster care and adoption are organised. These systems are compared and lead to recommendations on how the best interest of children can be best served. 


Nathalie Chapon, Chair


Annette Carel


Aurelie Goldfarbe


Vincent Ramon,


Francesca Nilges


Claire Turbiaux


Daniel Coum


Nelli Petrova


Josiane Legaliard


Els van Achter


Vinciane Bourguignon

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