ACSIM ASSOCIATION runs 4 residential structures that accepts minors unaccompanied – upon the completion of eighteen years – providing them food, housing, language / basic vocational training and employment.
What is a Community.
How does the education of boys inside the ACSIM ASSOCIATION ?
The average stay of a child in our communities can be different.
The educational path that the child follows inside the ACSIM Community can be divided into three different moments:
Welcome phase is particularly delicate:
- the boy, even when he can live with relief his expulsion from a violent and too careless family environment, he can feel intense feelings of pain associated with separation and concern for his loved ones that he left.
- Often it’s not known how long will be the separation from family members, if the boy will review regularly his family, if his parents will suffer penalties for their behavior and so forth.
- The guys who left their family and country of origin are living the painful experience of “uprooting”.
- The Community welcomes children and teens, placing rescued from situations of risk to their psycho-physical wellbeing, take care, assure, put them in touch with comprehensive and competent adults and devotes much attention to understand their resources and difficulties to facilitate the relationship and coexistence with the other guys in the group.
In the second phase of stay in the Community – that we call “educational support” – the psychological support is focused on the idea of returning to the boy the trust in himself and in adults, to help him regaining self-respect, self-esteem, the desire to grow and develop his cognitive, affective and social capacities as well as to start the recovery of a healthy social life and lay the foundation for social inclusion.
The time of discharge is full of anxiety and excitement, whatever is the destination of the boy, after his stay in the Community: back into his own family, placement in a foster or adoptive family, moving to other educational structure, start a new life by himself. The educator tell the boy the decisions of the judge and then the steps that he will face, accepting his reactions and then accompanying him towards the new step, supporting him and providing reassurance.