Session 14/15Page 1/7 Teenagers and leaving foster care
Teenagers and leaving foster care
Competences to be exercised:
• 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.