Facilitating the Transition from Residential Care into the Foster Care, Families and into Community-Based Social Services. Changing Role of Families and Social Care Staff


  • Calin Dragoi Pedagogue – Germany


Residential child care, foster care, (re)integration in the family of origins, professional-focused care policy, family – focused care system, increasing parentalcompetencies


The children and the care staff are central agents of
change in residential care institutions. They have major
contributions to helping children and adolescents negotiate the
transition back into their families of origin, into a foster care
family and the integration in some other specific communitybased
social services.
This article presents: (1) some results of the actual researches
and studies concerning the transition from the centralized
residential care to a decentralized, multifaceted communitybased
social care system; (2) changes in attitude and orientation
of the social care staff and decisional staff that can facilitate the
transition process; (3) expansion of the functions of child care
workers to enable family issues to be addressed on the residential
unit; (4) ways of helping adolescents engage in community
activities while still in residential care; and (5) strategies for
increasing the involvement of child care staff in discharge
planning and implementing.

Author Biography

Calin Dragoi, Pedagogue – Germany



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