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Teenagers and leaving foster care


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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.

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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.

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

Please use 15 minutes (or as much time as needed) for summing up what you worked with between the last session and this one:

•  Did you succeed in doing what you planned?
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What was easy to do and what was difficult?
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What did you learn from doing what you planned?
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What can you do better next time you work between sessions?

Please remember: It is okay if you experienced problems – this is a new way of working, and it takes some exercise and experimenting before it becomes routine.