Title: Assessment of potential services for children without parental care or at risk of losing parental care in Kőszeg and its region
Client: SOS-Children’s Village Foundation Hungary
Period: 04/2013 – 09/2013
The feasibility study was elaborated based on the lessons learnt in case of the feasibility study prepared for the Kecskemét SOS village. The significant difference however was that the analysis covered not only the city of Kőszeg, but its whole county (Vas county). The aim was the same as in Kecskemét: to discover the need for those family strengthening services that SOS Kőszeg may provide in order to avoid that children get to parental care in such high numbers.
The region of Kőszeg somewhat differs from the city of Kecskemét as the number of legal or illegal working places is higher thanks to the proximity of the Austrian border so deep poverty can rarely be experienced.
The institutional parental care system in the county suffers from the shortage of working force, the shortage of accommodation for children and the outdated buildings and institutions. The local child care service system has different opportunities even in micro-regions besides each other reflecting the financial capacity of the local governments.
The local child care is not able to provide complex and intense prevention services for complex reasons of poverty and low status and the shortage of special expert services (e.g. psychologist, psychiatrist) is even more severe than in many regions of Hungary. The SOS Foundation in Kőszeg provides better quality services in the county than any other stakeholder concerning the parental care system however it may not have the resources for additional family strengthening services as it does not have additional resources for that and the state financing system is not sufficient. On the other hand the study has identified some sort of services that could be provided in cooperation with other stakeholders in the social serve system In order to reach economy of scale. These services could be: special expertise services, methodological trainings, supervision, family therapy and the common tenders for resources.