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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Transforming Children's Care Collaborative,

Drawing from the learning from participatory research in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as Australia, this webinar introduced different approaches used to engage individuals with lived experience of alternative care in research efforts.

Changing the Way We Care (CTWWC),

This guidance aims to provide case workers and others at residential care facilities with the considerations they need to look at for the successful reunification and placement of children with disabilities into family care, including understanding disability and how it impacts children’s care, disability-inclusive case management, and preparing children with disabilities for reunification/placement.

Changing the Way We Care (CTWWC),

This CTWWC brief describes the family strengthening approach and the people who work with families and children. It shares reflections from facilitators of parenting sessions and the caregivers, themselves.

Coram Voice,

This webinar examines the Bright Spots programme findings in relation to careleavers 'interdependence'.

Changing the Way We Care,

This learning brief was developed as part of the CTWWC 2022 annual report and shares learning from Kenya, Guatemala and Moldova. It is intended to help other practitioners understand how to bring meaningful participation of people with lived experience into care reform. By people with lived experience CTWWC considers children and youth, care leavers, parents and other care givers who are experiencing the care system in their context.

UNICEF, Changing the Way We Care, Republic of Rwanda National Child Development Agency,

This case study documents the story of David's reintegration from a residential care home for children with disabilities in Rwanda to kinship care with his grandparents.

UNICEF, Changing the Way We Care,

This case study details the experience of Attim, a 54-year-old grandmother from Eastern Uganda who provides care for her grandchildren after they left residential care. Social workers in Uganda often find that placement with extended family members is the most appropriate option for children leaving residential care. 

Changing the Way We Care, Maestral,

With a focus on 2022-23 themes of transition of care services, development of family-based alternative care, participation of people with lived experience and disability inclusion, this report details several of the significant outcomes and program activities achieved by the work of the CTWWC Maestral team over the last year.

UNICEF, Changing the Way We Care,

This case study examines the transition of Patrick from residential care to being supported to live independently through a programme of supervised independent living for young people. This programme aims to ease the transition from residential care to living independently in the community and is part of the broader Tubarerere Mu Muryango Programme (Let’s Raise Children in Family) care reform programme in Rwanda.

ESARO Regional Learning Platform,

The government of Rwanda is in the final phases of its care reform program. Having reintegrated the majority of children from residential care back to families and communities, they are now working on the reintegration of children with disabilities. In this webinar, we hear from policymakers and practitioners on how this has been done and key lessons learned.