Single Parent Families’ Foundation in Hungary carried out a survey early this year. Single parents respondents said that their biggest problem was isolation.
The survey was published on 21st of March, the International Day of Single Parent Families. Nearly 90% of the respondents are currently bringing up their children on their own. More than half have been left on their own with one child, and more than half are between 35 and 44.
Respondents indicated that isolation is one of the biggest daily problems. The second main issue raised was the financial situation, and the third, their children and the everyday logistics in relation with after-school lessons, child-minding and summer camps.
Single Parent Families’ Foundation can provide a number of services to tackle those problems, including psychological support and legal advice, and different forms of assistance such as holidays at reduced prices, regular meetings, community events and training. The respondents highly appreciate the opportunity to be in touch with other single parent families, mutual help and the database of services (e.g. tradespeople, babysitters, teachers for post-school lessons), as well as the single parents’ club.
The Single Parent Families’ Foundation was established in 2005 to assist a huge social group, which is the largest minority in Hungary, yet whose members still often face negative discrimination in everyday life. The primary tasks of the Single Parent Families’ Foundation is to provide information about practical (legal, psychological, employment, etc.) issues, to promote employment and social equality, to create opportunities for parents to help each other, to put an end to their isolation and increasing loneliness, and to present opportunities for social dialogue about the ever-increasing number of single parent families.
You can find more information about the Foundation here (in Hungarian).