Awarding of the Childhood and Family Medals

Adrien Taquet, Secretary of State for Children and Families, presented today at the Elysée Palace the first medals for children and families in the presence of the President of the Republic and his wife, Brigitte Macron, and the President of the National Union of Family Associations, Mrs Marie-Andrée Blanc.

Since the interwar period, the “Family Medal” created in 1920 has distinguished the mothers and then also the fathers of families with many children, as well as persons who have earned special merits in the area of ​​the family. By decree of February 17, 2022, the criteria for awarding the medal were expanded to better reflect the diversity of families and more generally of people who deserve recognition from the nation:

• Parents who have brought up one or more children in a particularly difficult family, social or economic environment. This includes, for example, single parents who have raised one or more disabled children;

• People who have dedicated their professional life or volunteer work to supporting, protecting and defending children and families.

The reform also extends the exemption already provided for widows and widowers of war to widows and widowers of acts of terrorism.

To reflect these changes, the medal’s name and graphics have been updated.. The visual of the now” Medal for Children and Families » was created through a competition organized this winter between all the students of the schools d’art de France under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture. Her winner, young artist Lohan Blois, was present at the celebration, which was attended by 24 families, a nursery worker, a childminder and a maternity and child protection worker. As part of this campaign, the following are also recognized for exceptional service:

• Ms. Marie-Paule Martin Blachais, former director general of the public interest group Enfance en Danger, former director for children and families in the department of Eure-et-Loir, author of the report on the basic needs of children in child protection;

• Posthumously, Mr. George Labazée, former MP, former Senator, former President of the General Council who died on February 3, 2022 while serving as Vice President of the National Council for Child Protection.

Adrian Taquet says: “Holding this ceremony to bestow medals on children and families at the highest level of the state is a sign of our deep connection to family and reflects five years of proactive, ambitious family policies and concrete ways to address inequalities in destiny and build society who knows better how to welcome them. The extension of the award criteria to all particularly disadvantaged families as well as to child and family professionals also gives us the opportunity to finally recognize them all. “.

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