Despite criticism, Rutte sticks to a solution for placed children outside the home NOW

The government does not intend to make major changes in terms of tackling the problems of children of placed grandparents who have been placed outside the home. Some promises were made on Thursday, but by and large, the policy has not deviated. Despite criticism from the audience and from parents and experts involved.

The Folketing has several times called for a reassessment of the cases for children of foster parents who have been removed from the home. At the end of last year, there were 555.

“A reassessment is the minimum we owe to these parents and children as politicians, as a Dutch society,” said MP Pieter Omtzigt.

In any case, there was great dissatisfaction in the Chamber over the lack of solutions. But Prime Minister Mark Rutte wanted to stick to the course set by the government in March.

Support teams assist families whose parents have been deceived by the unemployment benefit scandal and whose children have been removed from their homes with counseling, e.g. It also identifies what the problems are and what is needed.

‘No baby left after seven months’

Only such a support team, for example, can not review decisions, and according to Omtzigt, this is where the shoe squeezes. “After seven months, there is still no child left. I talk to the parents. In the evening, I have conversations about those children’s suicide attempts,” Omtzigt said.

Rutte feared that a different approach would have only the opposite effect. “If in recent years I have had one experience with the broad settlement of everything that goes on around the care allowance, then it is that a constant change of approach only leads to delays, which means that we are busy for many years to come. ” , said Ruth.

This led to frustration with SP leader Lilian Marijnissen. “We as a chamber hear it every time with almost everything that went wrong in the compensation scandal,” Marijnissen said. If alternatives are subsequently offered, they will not listen, the SP member said. “It’s all pushed aside. Every time exactly with this argument, namely: it will only slow down. Now give it a try.”

SP therefore no longer has confidence in the chosen solutions. The party believes that this position is supported by the parents and children involved, the National Ombudsman and the Children’s Ombudsman, the Judicial Council, the parents’ panel and lawyers.

“They have all stated that the chosen direction of solution in terms of placing children outside the home is a dead end,” the party said.

According to PvdA MP Khadija Arib, the parents still do not know where they stand after a day of debate. “The responses from the Prime Minister in particular that the solution for these parents may take a long time to come are indigestible.”

The room got a few minor adjustments through it

Some minor policy changes were announced here and there. At the request of GroenLinks, for example, it is being investigated whether the legal costs can also be reimbursed by the public sector, as well as legal assistance to victims of families.

A “technical solution” is also being worked on to find out who the 555 children have been removed from the home. Now only the number is known, and for the sake of privacy, retrieving the personal data is complicated.

“I just want to know who we are talking about. I want to reach these people and at the same time I want to do so within the opportunities that the law gives me,” said Minister Franc Weerwind (Legal Protection).

Weerwind also promised that an independent committee would be set up to investigate the link between the unemployment benefit scandal and the placements outside the home. A direct connection can not be demonstrated. A lot happens to these families; The financial problems of the tax authorities are exacerbating the situation.

A study has already been announced, which will be carried out by the Danish Health and Medicines Authority and the Danish Justice and Security Authority. But especially Omtzigt is in serious doubt as to whether these bodies are suitable for this. They have not intervened in recent years and even have a role in the case as supervisors.

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