Do you want to to apply for youth care (jeugdhulp) for your child? For example, because your child needs extra care or support? You can apply for this at your municipality. You can also contact a youth team (jeugdteam) directly. A youth team supports young people and their families when they need help with growing up and parenting.
You can use a personal budget (persoonsgebonden budget – PGB) to pay for youth care. A PGB is an amount of money that can be used to purchase care or support for personal reasons.
Contact your municipality for youth care for your child. Your municipality provides advice on youth care and will determine the best kind of support for your child. It will do so together with you and your child. The municipality also ensures that your child has access to youth care.
Every municipality implements its youth support differently. Some municipalities have a neighbourhood team (wijkteam) in each neighbourhood, while others have a youth and family centre (Centrum jeugd en gezin).
You can also directly contact your neighbourhood team. A school, GP or sports club can also refer you. The municipality also has a list of youth teams and neighbourhood teams.
This is how it works in your (future) place of residence
Questions about youth en family
Please note: you can only apply for youth support if you live in the Netherlands and are registered with a municipality.
Do you wish to apply for youth support for your child? The municipality works with an Centrum jeugd en gezin (Youth and Family Centre)]. You can go to a Centrum jeugd en gezin( youth en family centre) for help and advice. You will discuss together what kind of care you need.
Contracted care providers
You can make use of the care purchased by the municipality. To do so, you need a referral from Cnetrum jeugd en gezin(youth en family centre, your GP, a certified institution or a medical specialist, such as a paediatrician. Please consult www.meerssen.nl for a list of the providers of specialist youth support with which the municipality has concluded a contract.
Would you prefer a personal budget?
Do you think that this care is not sufficient? Or do you need a different type of care for your child? Then you can apply for a personal budget.
In some cases, you may have to pay an ouderbijdrage (parental contribution).
During a home meeting, the municipality tries to choose the best solution together with you. Do you still disagree with the solutions that the municipality has opted for? Then you can request a second meeting with another consultant from the Social Team. This will look again at your situation. This is also known as a 'second opinion'.
You can object to the decision on your application. Do this within 6 weeks. Do you subsequently disagree with the decision on the notice of objection? Then appeal to the court.