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Welcoming family and family assistant: what differences?

Verified 02 décembre 2020 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

Main differences between the family caregiver and the family assistant


Welcoming family

Family assistant (host family)


Elderly or disabled adults not related to the host until 4e degree included, i.e. not being a parent, grandparent, brother or sister, uncle or aunt, nephew or niece, first cousin...

Child or young person child protection measure or with medico-social or therapeutic care


- Accommodation

- Self-help

- Participation in family life,...

- Accommodation

- Education

- Self-help

- Accompany the child or young person in his relations with his family,...


2 devices:

- OTC family reception in which the person received directly pays the family host

- Wage-paid family home in which the welcoming family is an employee of an employer organization (some organizations make available accommodation suitable for this type of reception)

The family assistant is employed by the legal person who entrusts the child or young person