The Role Of
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 allowed to leave leave. The goal is to get used to the operation of CIMA and get rid of the problematic social environment in which they were. However, they can make phone calls and receive visitors. After the first three months, every fortnight children and adolescents can go to visit their family, provided they have positive assessments 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 older children can go home alone. They are given a family permit ballot with CIMA’s departure time so that their parents can find out that they do not take advantage of this autonomy to walk on the street.
As for the little ones, their parents should pick them up and return them. On the same ballot, parents should submit their observations on the child’s behavior over the weekend.
From the beginning of their children’s stay in CIMA, parents can come and visit them when it suits them, there are no visiting times. Social workers and psychologists take advantage of these visits to engage with them, ensuring that they do not abandon their parental responsibilities to their children.
To complete work with families, social workers and psychologists make home visits, giving priority to the most dysfunctional families. Industry training workshops are organized for families living in the same district. These workshops tend to raise awareness of the roles and competencies they should have and to promote their skills. The aim is also to enhance the lifestyle of families at the 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…).