Reception for Foreign Minors

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.

To this end ACSIM has special educators and a dedicated staff workin for the placement and mentoring of the foreign unaccompanied children.

What is a Community.

The Community is a place that welcomes children away from their families of origin on Decree of Judge of the Juvenile Court or Order of the Mayor children being found abandoned on the territory.
The reasons that may cause the removal of the child are severe neglect, maltreatment or abuse to his damage, ascertained by the operators of psycho-social services of the territory or the state of neglect (art. 403 C.C. italian law “Civil Code”).
The specificity of the A.C.S.I.M. ASSOCIATION
1)      The operators live in the ACSIM communities with the children or boys in order to make the situation as similar to a “normal family”, where a a father and a mother take care of their own children 24 hours a day and not doing shift !
2)      Operators from all the origins, because the inter-mediation is key in multicultural contexts; It will ease the task of creating a bridge leading to a relationship of trust;
3)      “Apprenticeship Training” for all the kids who do not want or can not be included in school path: the “Apprenticeship training enables the acquisition of skills in the labor market.

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;
  • permanence;
  • discharge.

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.

Permanence :

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.

Discharge :

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.

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