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Leaving Care and the Transition to AdulthoodInternational Contributions to Theory, Research, and Practice$
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Varda R. Mann-Feder and Martin Goyette

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190630485

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190630485.001.0001

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Care Leaving and the Transition Jungle in Germany

Care Leaving and the Transition Jungle in Germany

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Leaving Care and the Transition to Adulthood

Severine Thomas

Carolin Ehlke

Josef Koch

Wolfgang Schröer

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the situation of care leavers in Germany within a so-called transition jungle and illustrates the difficulties of transitioning of young adults from residential care to independent living, focusing especially on education and access to vocational training and employment. Leaving care can be understood as a status passage in young people’s lives, during which the public welfare system produces accelerated transitions into adult life. This acceleration restricts the space and time available for individual transitions and processes of development, especially in the transition to work. The chapter will also outline two models of good practice and describe how care leavers can be supported within their transition to vocational training and work.

Keywords:   leaving care, residential care, transition system, transition jungle, education, vocational integration, employment

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