Welcome to Life

Support of young adults, which have to leave the Youth Care at the legal age

2nd Prize

winner 50008
Year:
2017
Country / Region:
Vorarlberg
Sector:
Civil Society/Social Economy
Fields of action:
Family / Youth welfare
Health / Care
Age of the target group:
19 - 25 years = young adults
Gender of the target group:
all genders
Project owner:
Dachverband Österreichischer Kinder-und Jugendhilfeeinrichtungen DÖJ
Responsible person:
Dr. Hubert Löffler
Website:
www.doej.at

What is it about?

“Care leaver” have to overcome a hard start into the adult life often injured during their childhood, young people grown up in the public Youth Care instead of the birth family. They lose any help of Austrian Youth Care if they attain their majority. In 4 federal states now care leaver are individually and as groups supported. They are connected together and are inspired to organize themselves. 

Appreciation of the Jury

“Welcome to Life” wants young adults who have grown up in youth welfare institutions to have sufficient time for the crossover into adult life. Like those who have grown up with their families. Innovatively constructed interventions make this possible: proactive assistance for the care leavers by people they trust, attachment figures, is individually arranged and combined with peer support; as a complement, the help of mentors can be resorted to; and there is lobbying on the political plane so as to obtain an official mandate and to reform the law. Wherever possible, social inheritance needs to be interrupted. Should such young adults break down, then all the former investment in their welfare comes to nothing.