Through this program we take care of children and adolescents between the ages of 10 and 17 who live or lived on the street, through a gradual process that begins when contact is made with them in the place where they spend the night and concludes when they decide for themselves to build a new life plan, either reintegrating with their families, entering a residential program or initiating a process of an independent life.
The model of care for this program has three stages:
Street work During this stage, we locate and have our first contact with children and teenagers on the street. Our objective is to start a friendly and respectful relationship that enables us to get acquainted with them and gain their trust with the aid of playful games and creative activities which appeal to them, so that we can subsequently invite them to the Daily Activities Center.
This process of working on the street lasts approximately two weeks and it concludes when the child or teenager expresses his interest in visiting the Daily Activities Center and continuing with the process.
Daily Activities Center This is where children and teenagers attend every day from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. We provide them with comprehensive care consisting of different motor, creative and reflexive activities geared towards achieving their emotional stability as well as stimulating their development of skills and healthy habits that enable them to regain their self-esteem and evaluate their life situation by recognizing it as transient.
Once children are able to stabilize in this process, work focuses on them reflecting on their life expectations off the street and resulting in making a new life plan with achievable short and medium term goals.
Life optionWhen children and teenagers reach this stage in their process, they are assigned an educator, who will help them build a custom life plan that enables them to leave the streets for good, selecting one of three different options: going back to their family, entering a new environment through a residential program or starting an independent life on their own.
At this stage, they are supported in their detoxification process, through therapeutic communities, clinics and mutual-help groups.