At the beginning, the recruitment of children was carried out through street outings, in Plaza San Martín and other places where street children were concentrated. Little by little, this practice has been abandoned, as CIMA grew.
To date it is word of mouth communication that works. The children and their families find out about CIMA through friends, neighbors or organizations, the parish, other homes, municipal child and adolescent ombudsmen* that guide them towards the home.
Generally, it is the mothers, fathers, or other relatives who bring the children.
Exceptionally, some children come on their own initiative.
The child’s rehabilitation process does not include formal stages with a defined time. Rather, the process is tailored to the needs of each child; giving personalized attention.
The first stage of the child’s admission to CIMA consists of a psychosocial assessment interview in charge of the psychologist, the social worker and the nurse, in order to make a first diagnosis of the child’s situation and find out if CIMA represents the most appropriate institution to receive the child, depending on the nature of the child. their problems. For his part, the child must be aware of his problems and express his willingness to change. The written and signed authorization of the family or contact person who brought the child is also requested. A provisional admission form with the reasons for admission, the physical description of the child and the observations of the psychologist, the worker social and nurse is delivered to the coordinator who places the child in a pavilion according to their age and the nature of their problems. Then a deeper diagnosis of the child’s situation will be made by the CIMA team.