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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Maria X. Sanmartin, Mir M. Ali, Angélica Meinhofer - Psychiatric Services,

This study used the 2000–2017 waves of the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting Systems. The authors identified foster care entries among children removed from their homes because of parental drug use (PDU) and calculated the number of entries for each year. They also identified foster care discharges achieved through parental reunification among children removed from their homes each year.

Sabrina Göbel, Andreas Hadjar, Ute Karl - Children and Youth Services Review,

This article presents empirical results from a study (2015–2018) on young people leaving care in Luxembourg. A special focus deals with the processes of transitioning from care to work.

Autumn Roesch-Marsh, Ruth Emond - The British Journal of Social Work,

Drawing on a review of recent international literature, this article argues for the first time that an understanding of, and engagement with, the theory and practice of friendship is essential to working alongside those who have care experience.

Judy Havlicek - Children and Youth Services Review,

This systematic review synthesizes information about the relationships aging out foster youth have with their birth or stepparents after legally mandated separations in foster care.

Rebecca Giallo, Holly Rominov, Catherine Fisher, Kirsty Evans & Ali Fogarty - Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology,

The aims of the study were to (a) describe families who had participated in the Home Parenting Education and Support (HoPES) programme, (b) describe the key education content and support activities of the programme, and (c) identify the enablers and challenges in implementing HoPES.

Red Latinoamericana de Egresados de Protección, with DONCEL, Hope and Homes for Children and UNICEF,

The purpose of the research is to generate learning and recommendations to develop public policies to support the transition of adolescents and youth from the alternative care system to autonomous life in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.

Scottish Care Leavers Covenant Alliance,

This briefing paper aims to highlight some of the key issues and some of the solutions that have been identified through regular meetings of the Scottish Care Leavers Covenant (SCLC) Alliance during the COVID-19 pandemic, drawing together learning from their own work and extensive networks with partners to offer a number of recommendations, and to prioritise steps to improve the lives of care leavers.

Jo Dixon, Caroline Cresswell and Jade Ward, Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of York,

This report presents findings from an evaluation of the House Project (HP) in the U.K., which aims to improve outcomes for young people (in accommodation, education, employment and training (EET), wellbeing, autonomy and integration) and service level outcomes for young people leaving care aged 16 and over.

Better Care Network,

Comprised of videos and accompanying discussion guides, this video series features the learning from practitioners working across a range of care-related programs and practices in Kenya.

Better Care Network,

In this video, Peter Kamau from Child in Family Focus discusses his organisation’s approach to engaging with the directors of privately-run charitable children’s institutions (CCI’s) to secure their buy-in for transition and the reintegration of children into families, in line with government policy.