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Continuity and Discontinuity in the Transition from Care to Adulthood

This paper focuses on care leavers’ experiences of their transition from care to adulthood. Using a social pedagogical perspective, we explore continuity and discontinuity in their life course as central aspects of support in the transition process. Using biographical narratives of three young people with different paths of transition from public care, we argue that a successful transition to independent living involves a complex interplay of continuity and discontinuity. Our analysis suggests a typology of (dis)continuity patterns in the transition to adulthood: (i) creating continuity, (ii) transforming continuity, (iii) discontinuity by breaking up continuity and (iv) enabling continuity by discontinuity. Current discourse in social work research values stability in care and continuity in the transition from care as a main strategy for successful transition. This perspective on the efforts of professionals and institutions, emphasizing placement stability, disregards [more…]

Youth aging out of residential care in Israel: Readiness for independent living and need for help

Youth leaving state care are a vulnerable group. It is important to examine their status and needs before they leave care, so that policies and practices are designed to address their needs. The aim of this study is to assess readiness for independent living of youth on the verge of leaving residential care in Israel, and to identify the life domains in which they need further help. Further, the study examines personal and interpersonal resources that may predict levels of readiness and needs before leaving care. The study is based on an analysis of staff structured reports on all youths in welfare residential care in Israel who were on the verge of leaving care (N = 197). The report assessed background characteristics, family social support available to the child, readiness for independent living, and needs in multiple areas. We found low readiness for independent living and that the young people greatly need help, particularly those with lower educational achievements. [more…]

Turning Points to Higher Education among Care Leavers

International Workshop about Turning Points in Hildesheim (16.-17.5.2013) Presentation: Turning Points to Higher Education among Care Leavers [more…]

position paper

The Role of the Higher Education System in Promoting Academic Achievements and Engagement in Higher Education of Children and Youth Growing in Out-of-Home Placements [more…]

Interim Report-Policy and services for care leavers in higher education institutions in Israel

The aim of this study is to examine how higher education institutions address the needs of vulnerable young persons with a special emphasis on care leavers. Our interest was both in issues of admission and recruiting and in support while in the educational institute.  [more…]

Education in Residential Care and in School – A social-pedagogical perspective on educational attainment of young women leaving care

Zeller, M./Köngeter, S. (2012): Education in Residential Care and in School – A social-pedagogical perspective on educational attainment of young women leaving care. In: Children and Youth Services Review, Vol. 34, pp. 1190-1196. [more…]

25 is the new 21. The Costs and Benefits of Providing Extended Care & Maintenance to Ontario Youth in Care Until Age 25

The Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children & Youth (2012): 25 is the new 21. The Costs and Benefits of Providing Extended Care & Maintenance to Ontario Youth in Care Until Age 25 [more…]

Care leavers in Higher Education - methodological reflections on biographical analyses

Köngeter, S./Mangold, K./ Strahl, B (2012): Care leavers in Higher Education - methodological reflections on biographical analyses. Presentation of the EUSARF Congress 2012 in Glasgow [more…]

On the verge of leaving the care system: Assessment of life skills and needs of adolescents in care

Benbenishty, R., & Zeira, A. (2012). On the verge of leaving the care system: Assessment of life skills and needs of adolescents in care. Diskurs Kindheits- und Jugendforschung Heft, 3, 291-308. [more…]

Life satisfaction and positive perceptions of the future among youth at-risk participating in civic-National service in Israel

Levy, D., Benbenishty, R., and Refaeli, T. (in press). Life satisfaction and positive perceptions of the future among youth at-risk participating in civic-National service in Israel. Children and Youth Service Review. [more…]

Instruments for research on transitions. Applied methods and approaches for exploring the transition of young care leavers to adulthood

Harder, A./Köngeter, S./Zeller, M./Knorth, E./Knot-Dickscheit, J. (2011): Instruments for research on transitions. Applied methods and approaches for exploring the transition of young care leavers to adulthood. In: Children and Youth Services Review, Vol. 33, 2431-2441. [more…]

An international classification system for child welfare programs

Ezell, M., Spath, R., Zeira, A., Canali, C., Fernandez, E., Thoburn, J., & Vecchiato, T. (2011). An international classification system for child welfare. Children and Youth Services Review, 33, 1847-1854.  [more…]

The contribution of individual, social support and institutional characteristics to perceived readiness to leave care in Israel: An ecological perspective

Dinisman, T., & Zeira, A.(2011). The contribution of individual, social support and institutional characteristics to perceived readiness to leave care in Israel: An ecological perspective. British Journal of Social Work 41, 1442-1458. [more…]

Alumni of educational residential settings in Israel: A Cultural Perspective

Zeira, A. (2009). Alumni of educational residential settings in Israel: A Cultural Perspective. Children and Youth Services Review, 31, 1074-1079.   [more…]

Perceptions of readiness to leave care among adolescents in foster care in Israel

Benbenishty, R., & Schiff, M. (2009). Perceptions of readiness to leave care among adolescents in foster care in Israel Children and Youth Services Review, 31, 662-669. [more…]

New initiatives in out-of-home placements in Israel

Zeira, A. (2004). New initiatives in out-of-home placements in Israel. Child and Family Social Work, 9, 307-309. [more…]

Children in foster care: Their present situation and plans for their future

Benbenishty, R. , & Oyserman, D. (1995).  Children in foster care: Their present situation and plans for their future.  International Social Work, 38,117-131. [more…]

Keeping in touch: Ecological factors related to foster care visitation

Oyserman, D., & Benbenishty, R. (1992). Keeping in touch: Ecological factors related to foster care visitation. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 9(6), 541-554. [more…]

Characteristics of children and their families at entry into foster care

Oyserman, D., Benbenishty, R., & Ben-Rabbi, D. (1992). Characteristics of children and their families at entry into foster care. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 22(3), 199-211. [more…]

A Clinical Information System for Foster Care in Israel

Benbenishty, R., & Oyserman, D. (1991). A clinical information system to monitor foster care in Israel. Child Welfare, 70, 229-242.    [more…]

Monitoring practice on the agency level: An application in a residential care facility

 Benbenishty, R. (1991). Monitoring practice on the agency level: An application in a residential care facility. Research on Social Work Practice, 1, 371-386. [more…]

We have contacted key stake holders in the welfare system and NGOs in Germany and Israel in order to raise their awareness and inform them about education for youth in care. In Germany- we established a group of care institutions that are interested in the topic and are willing to support the project. In Israel- we created a steering committee that brings together youth villages, higher education institutions and several NGO's interested in this area. Consequently, several local partnerships between universities/colleges, NGO's and youth villages have been formed. We have developed a policy paper that presents the issue of education for care leavers and are disseminating it.  In Germany – Reports about the care leavers-network have been published and broadcasted in regional and national media such as journals and radio (f.e. http://www.spiegel.de/unispiegel/studium/universitaet-hildesheim-forschungsprojekt-und-netzwerk-fuer-care-leaver-a-896344.html ;http://jetzt.sueddeutsche.de/texte/anzeigen/568110/Ohne-Papas-helfende-Hand). Furthermore, [more…]

Website

We have created a tri-lingual website (Hebrew, German, English). The website includes information about the project,  research information about the situation of care leavers, information & tips for care leavers on their way to higher education (such as courses at a discounted price for the entry exams), during their studies (such as scholarships), and information for the group of care leavers in Germany about the activities of the group. [more…]

Facebook groups

We have Facebook groups in Germany and Israel. The Facebook groups' friends are care leavers who are students in higher education institutions or intend to apply. We share data to help them in their studies, (e.g., relevant scholarships). We also have some NGOs in the group to share helpful information with the students. [more…]

Care leavers groups

We have created groups of care leavers who are presently in higher education in Germany and Israel. The groups are venues for mutual support and for collective action on behalf of youth in care. These are task groups. In Israel the group connected to a residential facility in the Jerusalem area and is working to expose the youth in care to the Hebrew University. In Germany the group works to promote the rights of care leavers for support after care. They have also organized workshops with youth and staff in care facilities. [more…]

Qualitative

We conducted in-depth interviews with 17 care leavers in Germany and 11 in Israel. The biographical narratives identify and explore key factors that promote and hinder the transition to higher education among care leavers. Educational pathways are examined in each country and are studied conjointly by teams from both countries. [more…]

Quantitative

1. We conducted a study to learn about the educational environment in placements and the educational expectations of children in care in Germany and Israel. The same instrument was used in both countries (Germany, N = 237 – foster care, residential care and assisted accommodation, Israel, N = 1374 in youth villages and N = 263 in correctional facilities). Findings to be published very soon! 2. In Israel, we are analyzing administrative data bases of two cohorts of children- one cohort is studied when they are 19 years old, and the other when they are 27 years old. We examine their academic achievements and educational pathways to higher education.  3. In Israel we conducted a survey among higher education institutions (N = 37) focusing on their policies and services for care leavers. The report is available:  Interim Report-Policy and services for care leavers in higher education institutions in Israel 4. In Germany we conducted a survey among care leavers [more…]

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About the project

In recent years there is a growing interest in the situation of youth who were in their childhood in out of home care (e.g., residential care and foster families). Multiple studies and practice evidence reveal that these youth face many difficulties when they leave care. Consequently, efforts are being made in order to promote policies and services that could support these youth, especially care leavers with little or no family support. One of the most important areas in which care leavers need help is education. Integration in post-secondary (higher) education, universities and colleges, is one of the most effective ways to advance in society and build a better future. However, relatively few care leavers continue to higher studies. [more…]

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