Our guiding principle – Parenting support programs
We are committed to the individual development of necessary and suitable support programs. Our professional social education staff therefore possess broad expertise and the know-how to flexibly adjust, combine and reflect roles, assignments and working structures. It is our goal to establish a trustworthy, stable and dependable working relationship between children, adolescents, their families and our professional staff members. We are categorically opposed to closed residential forms of accommodation. Our guiding principle for parenting support programs (download) drives our actions and is binding for our day-to-day work.
Individual & needs-oriented: one-stop support programs
We determine on an individual basis the best way to develop a suitable and needs-oriented support program for all inquiries. To do so, we combine our entire range of ambulant, partly residential and residential support programs. Our programs range from home-visiting support within the family and parental counseling to partly residential and residential solutions in family-like living groups, socio-educational shared living, shared flats or in your own home. Our parenting support programs ensure that the borders between ambulant and residential help remains as flexible as possible and that a single team can organize and implement needs-oriented and variable support care settings. The idea of one-stop programs enables us to avoid an unnecessary change of institution or attachment figure when the client’s needs change.
Children’s rights: Enabling inclusion & participation
We are committed to preventing exclusion. We advocate a society that accepts and promotes heterogeneity and diversity. We forefront the UN’s Conventions on the Rights of the Child and the basic rights of children, adolescents and families as they are legally enshrined in Germany in addition to the SGB VIII provisions on the rights of children. Our aid programs are available to all regardless of nationality, religion, sexual orientation, school or professional education, family structure as well as emotional, physical or intellectual wellbeing or disability. We seek to shield persons from stigmatization and disenfranchisement as well as to contribute to the promotion of each individual’s ability to participate in social life.
Providing on-site aid within the social environment
Flexible parenting support programs can be implemented effectively only if they are geared toward the needs of the individual social environment. Because: A child’s social environment, family, clique, friends, neighborhood and district are valuable points of reference for an aid program. Our facilities are oriented toward the concrete on-site needs and conditions. Each facility follows a concept adapted to the unique local, structural, personnel and contentual setting; a concept that is continually updated. On-site our teams network with and include existing programs and facilities of the respective social environment in their socio-educational work. And: We seek to actively structure and improve for children, adolescents and their families the social environment where we are active.
We focus on resources – not deficits
We always focus on the resources of our clients in order to open up for them paths of individual development. This resource-oriented approach is also an expression of our respect for our clients’ life design and environment. We appreciate and seize on steps in development; we name and encourage successes. This strengthens one’s self-esteem and realization of self-efficacy. Raising awareness of and expanding available resources as well as providing and developing additional resources is not only a foundation for autonomous and confident life management; it is also a vital precondition for successful orientation in our complex day-to-day.
Our educational work is characterized by a gender-sensitive stance. We encourage and demand role variety by building on our clients’ circumstances and the societal prerequisites for girls and boys, women and men. We are committed to counteracting gender stereotypes, to open up new paths in dealing with the category of gender and to impart to our clients as broad a range of abilities and skills as possible as well as awareness for designations and stereotypes. And where a focus on gender roles becomes relevant, we provide alternative patterns both for action and interpretation: We seek to enable reflection on behavior between genders and to expand the scope of action of children, adolescents and families as well as our staff.
Instead of closed accommodation: Care within the family setting
Our family-like living groups and socio-educational shared living are tailored to the needs of children and adolescents usually between the ages of 0 and 18 who are in need of structure that enables a close and personal relationship. We provide care for girls and boys who the German youth welfare office determines are in need of an individual educational aid program and require a new way of life, whether temporary or permanent. The goal is to establish positive relationships that enable the child or adolescent to assume responsibility for his or her own life against his or her own biographical background. This is especially suitable for children and adolescents whose families or origin are only partially or not at all capable of assuming their parental responsibilities. An alternative to ambulant or residential care is often required because aid programs in the respective social environment are not an option, either temporarily or permanently. We provide constant and reliable care in the family setting for children and adolescents who react to their often inadequate living conditions with emotional and/or developmental impairments. This leads to heightened caregiving needs. We also reach out to children and adolescents who require a clear and intensive care setting and above all the reliable closeness to adult attachment figures. While we have no criteria for exclusion, the criterion for admission is the voluntary decision of the child or adolescent to take advantage of an aid program within the larger framework of the assistance planning procedure.