The role of the family is key in the process of rehabilitation of children. It is essential to strengthen family relationships to rebuild the affective dimension in children and adolescents.
At the beginning, during the first 3 months, children and adolescents are not authorized to go out on leave. The goal is for them to get used to the functioning of CIMA and to detach themselves from the problematic social environment in which they were. However, they can make phone calls and receive visitors. After the first three months, children and adolescents can visit their families every fortnight, provided they have positive evaluations of their behavior at CIMA and at school. At first, their parents come to pick them up and bring them back. If all goes well, little by little the older children can go home alone. They are given a family permission slip with the time they leave CIMA so that their parents can check that they do not take advantage of this autonomy to walk on the street.
As for the little ones, their parents must pick them up and return them. On the same ballot, parents should submit their observations about the child’s behavior over the weekend.
From the beginning of their children’s stay at CIMA, parents can come visit them when it suits them, there are no visiting hours. Social workers and psychologists take advantage of these visits to interact with them, ensuring that they do not abandon their parental responsibilities towards their children.
To complete the work with families, social workers and psychologists make home visits, giving priority to the most dysfunctional families. Training workshops are organized by sector for families living in the same district. These workshops tend to make fathers and mothers aware of the roles and competencies they should have and to promote their skills. The objective is also to enhance the lifestyle of families at an economic, nutritional level, etc.
When the family nucleus is extremely dysfunctional, and the parents cannot accept the child, CIMA tries to establish contact with other relatives (aunts, uncles, grandparents…).