Some children in the Netherlands aren’t able to grow up in the residency of their biological parents. In such cases, there is a possibility for the child to be introduced into a foster family. When the placement of a child into the foster family is aborted prematurely (a breakdown), the child will have to deal with additional trauma.

Happy Hall presents the edition: ‘De kat is kwijt’ at the Dutch Design Week. ‘De kat is kwijt’ is an educational game in which the whole family goes on an interactive journey to recognize and manage their emotions. It pushes to create positive connections with other family members. The game promotes the attachment of a foster child with its new family, which reduces the chance of a breakdown.

‘De kat is kwijt‘ is developed by echter ontwerp, Garage2020 and Muzus. In collaboration with Willemieke van den Brink – Gouwentak from echter ontwerp, I developed the concept of the presentation of the game at the Dutch Design Week. By showcasing the game on an (inter)national platform, we aspire to reach youth aid organizations, municipalities and charities that want to use and offer “De kat is kwijt” to (foster) families and family homes.

The presentation can be found on the website of the Dutch Design Week.