EuroFam-Net - The European Family Support Network. A bottom-up, evidence-based and multidisciplinary approach


The best interest of children is placed at the forefront of social policies, giving the governments the responsibility to provide parent and family support. The recent crisis has placed parenting at a more difficult situation, accompanied by the existence of complex family realities that need new responses which require innovative approaches. Although recognised as central to a number of political priorities, at a European level the institutions have not yet addressed family support wholistically.

The Action proposes the creation of a Pan-European family support network, under which family support and parenting policies are included, combining both common goals across countries and the recognition of the specificities of cultural and families’ contexts.

This Action will build collaborative pathways between researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, children and families, public and private agencies, and general society to create the necessary framework that allows to inform family policies and practices with the underlying goal of ensuring children’s rights and families’ well-being. EuroFam-Net will: (1) Use a pluralistic and dialogic structure to co-create responses with all involved stakeholders in the field in close collaboration with the national policies; (2) Create an evidence-based framework that improves family support services, science and technology-driven policy and practice; (3) Use a multidisciplinary approach by gathering all the relevant scientific disciplines working in this field; (4) Disseminate research and  make use of advice mechanisms to the professional and political arena to innovate in family support services; (5) Avoid the duplication of services and promote inter-sectorial coordination, increasing the efficiency of available resources.

Project details

Funding source: COST

Action member: Arianna Thiene

Start date 14/03/2019 - end date 13/03/2023


  • University of Seville, Spain - Chair
  • Aleksandër Moisiu University, Albania
  • Tirana University, Albania
  • pro mente: kinder jugend familie, Austria
  • University of Vienna, Austria
  • Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium
  • Ghent University, Belgium
  • University of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Sofia University, Bulgaria
  • University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • University of Cyprus, Cyprus
  • Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
  • University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Tallinn University, Estonia
  • Université de Franche-Comté, France
  • Hamburg University of Applied Scences, Germany
  • University Hospital Ulm, Germany
  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Budapest Institute for Policy Analysis, Hungary
  • National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland
  • The Multi-Disciplinary Center, Modiin Municipality, Israel
  • Bar Ilan University, Israel
  • Università Europea di Roma, Italy
  • University of Padova, Italy
  • University of Latvia, Latvia
  • Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
  • Commonwealth Centre for Connected Learning, Malta
  • University of Malta, Malta
  • National Institute for Economic Research, Moldova
  • University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Netherlands Youth Institute, Netherlands
  • Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, North Macedonia
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
  • NORCE Health, Norway
  • University of Gdańsk, Poland
  • Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland
  • Universidade do Minho, Portugal
  • Universidade do Algarve, Portugal
  • “Aurel Vlaicu” University of Arad, Romania
  • University of Bucharest, Romania
  • Union University, Serbia
  • University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • University of Malaga, Spain
  • Universidad de La Laguna, Spain
  • Örebro University, Sweden
  • Uppsala University, Sweden
  • University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland, Switzerland
  • Işık University, Turkey
  • Koc University, Turkey
  • University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom
  • Pro Mente Forschung, Austria
  • Karel de Grote University College. Belgium
  • The Federal Ministry of Health, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • The Social Work Study Centre, Croatia
  • Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences, Croatia
  • APERIO - Spolecnost pro zdrave rodicovstvi, z.s., Czech Republic
  • Psychoacoustics Department AHEPA University Hospital, Greece
  • Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary
  • University College Cork, Ireland
  • University of Ferrara, Italy
  • Institute of Legal, Political and Sociological Research, Moldova
  • Oslo Metropolitian University, Norway
  • University of Wroclaw, Poland
  • Universidade do Porto, Portugal
  • Federación española de Municipios y Provincias, Spain
  • Haute école de travail social et de la santé | EESP, Switzerland
  • University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom
  • University of Prishtina, Kosovo