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Teenagers and leaving foster care


Competences to be exercised:
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Understanding the common challenges of puberty for the young person and the foster family.
 Preparing the child for puberty through dialogues.
 Managing foster parent control versus independence: contracting instead of controlling.
 The importance of the peer group.
Aftercare planning.
The “leaving home” party.


Theme of the session:
In this training session you are going to work with supporting the phase of transition when the foster child becomes a teenager and starts creating its own identity. You will also work with supporting the young person when he/she is leaving the foster family.

 

Aims of the session:
The goal of the session is to suggest to you how to understand and manage the changes in foster family life when the foster child becomes a teenager and also how you can support the transition from foster care to living as an adult person.