Leaving Alternative Care and Reintegration

It is important to support children who are preparing to leave care.  This includes helping young people as they ‘age out’ of the care system and transition to independent living, as well as children planning to return home and reintegrate with their families.  In either case, leaving care should be a gradual and supervised process that involves careful preparation and follow-up support to children and families.

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Changing the Way We Care,

This Handbook is a summarized, simplified version of the Case Worker’s Guidebook for Case Management for Reintegration of Children/Young Adults into Family- or Community-Based Care. It provides an overview of the principles and practices of case management for reunification and placement of children/young adults outside of parental care (e.g., street-connected children/young adults or from Charitable Children’s Institutions and Statutory Children’s Institutions) into family- and community-based care, up until sustainable reintegration is achieved. The Handbook aims to provide an easy and quick reference to critical information and “how to” about case management for reintegration.

Changing the Way We Care,

Case Management Procedures for Reunification and Reintegration of Children and Adolescents into Family and Community-based Care was developed together with Secretary of Social Welfare (SBS), the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate (PNA), Guatemala’s Attorney General (PGN), the Judicial Branch (OJ), the National Council of Adoptions (CNA), ASOCRIGUA and Hogar Aldeas de Esperanza. It was informed by Changing the Way We Care’s work in Kenya on the Caseworker’s Guidebook: Case Management for Reintegration of Children into Family or Community-Based Care, adapted to the Guatemalan context.

Better Care Network and Helping Children WorldWide,

The Child Rescue Centre was the first orphanage in Sierra Leone to successfully complete a transition from residential to family-based care. This case study highlights some of the key dynamics that arose throughout the transition of the orphanage and examines how those dynamics both influenced the transition and determined the type of support provided as well as the most appropriate transition strategy.

Nicole Gilbertson Wilke & Amanda Hiles Howard - Children & Society,

Research suggests that children develop best in families, but millions currently reside in residential care centers. Using a mixed methods design, the current study examined (1) antecedents to transition, (2) key elements in the process and (3) outcomes of transitioning models of care.

Changing the Way We Care (CTWWC),

Studiul a evaluat cunoștințele, atitudinile și practicile populației generale în ceea ce privește reintegrarea copiilor în familii, integrarea copiilor cu dizabilități în școala și comunitate și prevenirea separării copiilor care trăiesc în familii vulnerabile.

Changing the Way We Care (CTWWC),

A fost efectuată o analiză de birou a studiilor de reintegrare din Moldova și a orientărilor globale pentru a identifica succesul și factorii de risc în cadrul procesului, precum și lecțiile importante învățate.

Annie Smith, Maya Peled, Stephanie Martin - Child Abuse & Neglect,

In Vancouver, Western Canada, 60 agencies and 20 youth from government care are working in partnership using a collective impact approach to address the systemic issues and barriers to healthy development that youth from care experience. This mixed-method evaluation included quantitative and qualitative data, collected through outcomes, diaries, surveys, and focus groups, to measure process and outcomes.

Philip Mendes - Australian Social Work,

This paper argues that the Commonwealth Government should introduce a nationally consistent extended care system that would require all jurisdictions to provide a minimum standard of support until at least 21 years of age.

Eunhye Ahn, Yolanda Gil, Emily Putnam-Hornstein - Child Abuse & Neglect,

The purpose of this study was to present an illustrative test of whether an algorithmic decision aid could be used to identify youth at risk of exiting foster care without permanency.

Borys, Sydney; Peitzmeier, Paige - Creighton University,

The purpose of this critically appraised topic was to analyze the effectiveness of transitional programming for youth leaving the foster care system on increasing abilities of community integration.