Looking for ONSKINDJE (Ouders niet- samenwonende kinderen in de jeugdzorg)? You're in the right place, but it's no longer available as it was. Don't worry, we can show you some alternative self-help and support websites for parents here – take a quick look before you go.Bekijk alternatieven
Alleenstaande Ouders is a website and community dedicated to helping and supporting single parents in various aspects of caring for their children. Learn more about your rights and what assistance you may be eligible for from the government, and know more about financial, housing, family, and labor issues here. You can also find Alleenstaande Ouders on Facebook.
HulpOrganisaties.be is a self-help resource website for people who are looking for advice, support, and counseling on a variety of topics, such as relationships, health, family issues, and single parenting, among other things. Visit the main page to see all of the resources available, or click here to go directly to their list of self-help resources for families and single parenting.
V.Z.W. Houvast is an online community that provides support for single parents looking for advice and moral or practical support from people in similar situations. Join the discussions in the forums, see what's going on in chat, and find links to resources for single parent families and children. You can also find V.Z.W. Houvast on Facebook.
Alleenstaande Moeder Forum is a forum for single mothers to find support and chat with each other. Browse through the forums, find and learn about useful resources and get practical advice from other single moms, and connect with each other socially. You can also find Alleenstaande Moeder Forum on Facebook.
Kind & Gezin is a department of the Government of Flanders dedicated to assisting and contributing to the welfare of children and their families, providing information and resources on a variety of important concerns, such as childcare, health, adoption, and family support. Visit the main page to see all of what they offer, or go straight to their resource page for single parents and their children by clicking here. You can also connect to Kind & Gezin on Facebook.
Read Femke Van Garderen and Ann De Boeck's article about how more single mothers are more and more likely to live in poverty due to the underfunding of the Dienst Alimentatievorderingen (DAVO), the government department responsible for support payments and claims.
Read about how a young woman searched for and found her father, and the tragic consequences of their reunion.
Read about the situations of families being forced to go without access to clean water in Flanders and the consequences of depriving them of a basic human right here in Peter Mertens' article.
What is the true face of poverty? These new developments may startle you. Read Peter Lesaffer's piece on poverty in Flanders in 2016.
What does the typical family in Flanders look like today? Tom Le Bacq writes about how the traditional family structure is slowly disappearing from society.
Living with a broken family can be one of the most challenging life situations for anyone, for both parents and children. It makes everything harder, in almost every way imaginable. How can a single parent raise his or her children right? How can children overcome the challenges of not knowing or experiencing the love of their mother or father? Difficult questions with no easy answers. It's hard, it's challenging, but – and take this to heart – what it isn't is insurmountable.
Many have overcome the challenge of raising children as a single parent, and without their love, dedication, and effort, we would not have these people to look up to and their parents to learn from. So here are 3 of the some of the most famous and successful people in the world who were raised by single parents:
Angelina Jolie is a critically-acclaimed and award-winning actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian. She promotes a variety of causes, such as children's rights, women's rights, conservation, and education, among other advocacies and philanthropic pursuits. She is regarded as being one of the most powerful and influential figures in the American entertainment industry, in addition to being considered as one of the world's most beautiful women.
She was born to actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand, who separated when she was just one year old. Her mother subsequently abandoned her own acting career in order to focus on raising her children and caring for their family, often spending time watching films with Angelina, which would be Jolie's primary inspiration for her career later on.
Angelina eventually went on to gain prominence and critical acclaim for her roles in the film industry; some of her experiences filming in countries abroad inspired her to branch out and contribute to various humanitarian causes and advocacies, which has seen her awarded a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and an honorary damehood of the Order of St Michael and St George (DCMG), in addition to her eventually taking on a role as as a Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Jon Stewart is an award-winning satirist, comedian, writer, "fake news anchor", actor, and director—just to name a few things. He is best known as the host of the globally popular satirical news program Daily Show with Jon Stewart, which ran for 16 years, and was highly regarded as influential and game-changing in its coverage of journalism, politics, culture, and society.
Jon's parents divorced when he was eleven, leaving his mother Marian to raise him and their family. Jon subsequently grew up having a strained relationship with his father, which remains “complicated” to this day, according to him. This has been one of the factors that motivated him to drop his surname and use his middle name instead.
Despite the challenges of his youth, Jon eventually found global success during his tenure as the host of the critically-acclaimed Daily Show, in addition to dedicating himself to advocating for a variety of causes, such as healthcare for 9-11 first responders, better treatment for war veterans, and the welfare of abused animals.
Oprah Winfrey is one of today's most recognizable, respected, and admired figures. She is considered by many to be one of the world's most popular talk show hosts and “the greatest black philanthropist in American history”, in addition to being an actress, a producer, a media mogul, and a multi-billionaire.
To say she had a challenging upbringing would be an understatement: she was born into poverty and raised by her teen-aged single mother in an inner-city Milwaukee neighborhood, and she faced more challenges growing up, including a teen-aged pregnancy and the loss of her infant son.
Despite difficult and challenging beginnings, she persevered, and eventually went on to become the “Queen of All Media” and one of the most powerful, influential women in the world, in addition to giving away millions to a variety of educational, charitable, and humanitarian causes.
Every individual's situation is different and every one faces his or her own unique set of challenges when it comes to life, but it's important to remember that hard does not equal impossible. Single parents can and have time and again proven to be successful in raising their kids successfully in a loving and supportive environment—and you can, too.
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