The Experiences of Social Workers while Preparing Children for Independent Living in the Community Foster Care Homes Cover Image

Socialinių darbuotojų patirtys rengiant vaikus savarankiškam gyvenimui bendruomeniniuose vaikų globos namuose
The Experiences of Social Workers while Preparing Children for Independent Living in the Community Foster Care Homes

Author(s): Vida Gudžinskienė, Rita Raudeliūnaitė, Rokas Uscila
Subject(s): Family and social welfare, Welfare services
Published by: Lietuvos edukologijos universitetas
Keywords: independence; development; social workers; the community foster care homes for children; difficulties and the ways to overcome them;

Summary/Abstract: The order of the Minister Social Security and Labor of December 18, 2013 adopted The Action Plan for the Transition from Institutional Care to the Family and Community Based Services to the Children with Disabilities and the Children who Have Lost Parental Care for 2014–2020. The purpose of the transition of residential institutions for children from institutional care to family and community-based provision of the services to the children, who have lost parental care, is to ensure a harmonious environment and conditions to the children, who have lost parental care, to grow in the family or household of guardians or adoptive parents and receive assistance in the community. It is important for a child to grow in a family environment which stimulates children’s independence, full and complete participation in the community and social inclusion. When restructuring children’s care homes, it is foreseen to create new and expand the existing community services which are alternative to institutional care: communal children’s care homes of up to 8 children when they are given residence in flats, houses. One of the priorities of the restructuring of children care is to prepare a child for an independent life. While the process of restructuring is underway' no studies', which analyze the improvement of the preparation of children, who reside in the community foster care homes, have been conducted. Therefore, it is relevant to conduct studies on the improvement of the development of independent life skills of children in the context of the restructuring of care homes.

  • Issue Year: 125/2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 158-174
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Lithuanian