Mária HerczogMaria Herczog besides being the chair of the Association has been the chief researcher and a trainer since the organisation was established. Her area of research has been child welfare, child protection, with special focus on children deprived of family care, infanticide, child abuse and neglect, child rights. She was one of the authors of the first shadow report submitted to the Committee on the Rights of the Child in 2004.


As an academic she has been working as a researcher since 1979 and a university lecturer (now reader) since 1985. As a temporary scientific expert she has been working for the Council of Europe, UNICEF, and participating in a number of EU funded research and projects as well. Currently she is working in two Daphne programs, one on baby abandonment in Europe and another one on service provision for children abused in their families. In another EU funded program she is taking part in a project on interviewing children in living in different situations about their awareness of their rights.


She was elected to be a member of the UN CRC in 2006 and re-elected in 2010 for a second term.


Read more from Mária Herczog on her website: www.herczogmaria.hu

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Family, Child, Youth Association – established in 1993, as one of the first non-profit organizations in Hungary – aims to support the protection of children and the strengthening families , accomplished by fortifying, training and providing services to helping professionals.

The Association publishes books, training materials and after 20 years of publishing the only Hungarian professional journal on family and child welfare, protection, since 2010 due to the lack of financies it has been published on-line. Whilst the programs conducted by the Association are primarily within Hungary, we have been with an extensive international network. Members at ISPCAN and in Eurochild, participating in several EU projects we are also adapting good practices and translate and publish materials in different areas, like foster care, abuse prevention, child rights. Our involvement in numerous international research and training programs, organization of prestigious national and international conferences, distribution of information and awareness raising is also part of the activities.


An important part of our activity is providing training in different mediation and conferencing techniques, including family mediation, victim-offender mediation, Family Gropup Conferencing.


We published the Hungarian version of the Implementation Handbook of the UN CRC in 2009, and a short version for parents, professionals and one for children, while also conducting training based on these publications. In our current EU project funded by FRA in 5 different countries led by Eurochild, we are talking with children to learn their knowledge and awareness of their rights (Speak up!).


Our training programs are accredited in Hungary, for social workers, teachers, other helping professionals.


We are providing trainings upon request, or in a project framework. Our research activities are also based on project funding.

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Family Child Youth Association


Seat: Podmaniczky utca 75., H-1064, Budapest, Hungary
Office and mailing address: Bécsi út 3-5., (Floor 3., Door 31.), H-1023, Budapest, Hungary
Phone: +36 1 225 3526
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tax number: 18067752-2-42


Mária Herczog Ph.D. sociologist, the Chair of the Association

Eszter Sós  office manager

Katalin Tóth the leader of the FIKSZ foster parent training program