“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.
Welcome to Life
2. díj 2017
Szektor: Civil társadalom / Szociális gazdaság
Tevékenységi területek: Család, Egészség
Projektgazda szervezet: Dachverband Österreichischer Kinder-und Jugendhilfeeinrichtungen DÖJ
Felelős személy: Dr. Hubert Löffler
“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.