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Costs and Benefits of Home Counselling for Families


Publication number: 2011-59
Authors: A. Houkes, L. Kok, D. Willebrands
Commissioned by: ActiZ
Published by: SEO Economic Research
ISBN: 978-90-6733-620-8

The cost-benefit analysis of home counselling for families shows that it has a preventive effect. Around 45,000 euros per family can be saved by organizing home counselling so that children do not have to be placed in care. Additional benefits are greater happiness and more social support.Home counselling is intensive, temporary, practical assistance provided to families in their own homes by home care organizations. It is used to help people with a set of complex problems. The emphasis is on tackling the most acute problems together so as to bring back stability to the family. Together with the parents the home counselling service helps families to stabilize their domestic situation so that their children can grow up safely and normally without having to be placed in foster care.


Category: 2011, Lucy Kok, Healthcare & Social Security