Reintegration Occurs in 3 Cases
- The child expresses their desire to leave. If the CIMA team approves, they try to persuade the child to wait until the end of the school year to not disrupt their education. If the school year is not too advanced, the transfer to another educational institution is arranged. If the CIMA team considers the child not ready, discussions are initiated with the child and their family. However, CIMA's philosophy is based on the free consent of the child, and discharge is never prevented. On the contrary, contact is made with the family to prepare for discharge and facilitate family and social reintegration.
- The team considers that the discharge conditions are met (positive change in the child's behavior and good family conditions). If the child feels ready to reintegrate into their family, discharge is prepared.
- The young person has turned 18. The discharge of legal adults is obligatory.
In the months leading up to the young person's departure, preparations are made.
Carry Out Follow-Up
After discharge, social workers conduct follow-ups through visits to families.
Usually, one visit is made and, if necessary, more. Sometimes CIMA also offers financial support to children who are enrolled in school when the family does not have sufficient financial resources to cover the costs.
CIMA maintains collaborations with organizations that have programs in which young people can join after discharge.
Among others, the RUNAYAY association can be mentioned, founded by a former CIMA volunteer precisely to support young people who have graduated from CIMA and two other homes. The RUNAYAY association supports young people for a period of 3 years, helping them find housing, with a study program, and a job.
RUNAYAY also offers recreational handicraft workshops at its location, productive workshops, job placement workshops, and psychosocial support to help build a life plan. The goal is not only the job placement of young people (90% of them get a formal and stable job) but also their personal development (strengthening their ability to face problems constructively). This program is open to young people over 16 years old, who have stayed in CIMA for at least 1 year and show a desire to participate in the program.