The Egress Is Made
In 3 Cases
- The child expresses his willingness to graduate. If the CIMA team gives its go-ahead, look to persuade the child to wait at the end of the school year not to disturb their schooling. In case the school year is not very advanced, the transfer to another school is processed. If the CIMA team believes the child is un ready, start discussions with him and his family. However, CIMA’s philosophy is founded on the free consent of the child, the egress is never prevented. On the contrary, contact is made with the family to prepare for the egress and facilitate family and social reintegration.
- The team believes that the conditions of the egress are met (positive change of the child’s behavior and good family conditions). If the child feels ready to reintegrate into his or her family, the graduate is prepared.
- The young man has turned 18. The out-of-ageing is a legal obligation.
In the months leading up to the young man’s departure, he is preparing.
- After egress, social workers are tracked through family visits. Usually a visit is made and if necessary some more. CIMA also sometimes offers financial support to children who are in school when the family does not have sufficient financial resources to pay the costs.
- CIMA maintains collaborations with organizations that have programs in which young people can join after their discharge. Among others, you can name the association RUNAYAY, founded by a former VOLUNTEER of CIMA just to support the young graduates of CIMA and two other households. The RUNAYAY association supports young people for a period of 3 years, helping them find a home, with a curriculum and a job. RUNAYAY also offers workshops on recreational crafts, productive workshops, job insertion workshops and psychosocial accompaniment to help build a life project. The objective is not only the employment of young people (90 of them achieve formal and stable work) but also their personal development (strengthening their capacity to face problems constructively). This program is open to young people over the age of 16, who have at least 1 year’s stay at CIMA and who are looking forward to participating in the program.