Nine Months Fair examines issue of guardianship

Majority have not officially appointed legal guardian
The Nine Months Fair (Negenmaandenbeurs) has been examining the issue of guardianship. A survey showed that most parents have not officially appointed a legal guardian, and, forced to make a choice, would prefer a sibling to take that role. The Nine Months Fair takes place from 24 to 28 February in RAI Amsterdam.

No guardian appointed
The majority of the respondents had not (yet) appointed a legal guardian. One in five parents had appointed a guardian for their child, which in most cases involved a sibling (45%). One in three parents did not have any plans to appoint a legal guardian in the future.

Partner most trusted
In addition to guardianship matters, the survey asked questions about whom parents would entrust their child to most. The partner was given as the most common answer (61%). Not taking the partner into account, parents would trust their child to their (own) mother, followed by a sibling. Parents-in-law were next on the list. The respondents added that they had a good relationship with their own mother as well as their mother-in-law.

Norms and values over money
Despite the fact that the partner and own parents were trusted most, the majority of respondents indicated that they would appoint guardianship to a sibling. Nearly one in five would choose to appoint a friend (m/f). It was also shown that norms and values were the most important aspect in trusting the upbringing of a child to others (72%). A large majority said that honesty was another important aspect (55%). The availability of money/wealth was seen as least important.

Practical information for Nine Months Fair 2016
The Nine Months Fair takes place from 24 to 28 February 2016 in RAI Amsterdam. The event is open daily from 11.00 to 18.00 and on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 February from 11.00 to 22.00. Visitors to the Nine Months Fair have free access to the Huishoudbeurs and the Asia Pasar Malam Festival on the day of their visit.

Tickets purchased until 23 February in the pre-sale via www.negenmaandenbeurs.nl cost €14.95. Children up to the age of four can enter free of charge, and tickets for children up to the age of 12 are just €5. On ‘daddy day’, Wednesday 24 February, fathers can purchase tickets for only €10. Return train tickets from any Dutch train station to station RAI Amsterdam are available at a reduced price of only € 18.

More information is available via www.negenmaandenbeurs.nl. The Nine Months Fair can also be followed on Twitter: @9maandenbeurs and Facebook: www.facebook.com/Negenmaandenbeurs.

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