In Israel, as in most countries, children remain in the care system of the Welfare Authorities until the age of 18 after which they must live independently. However, the difficulties of transitioning from years of residential care to independence, if not addressed, may lead to a failure to reintegrate into normative society, undoing all the progress of years of successful treatment. For our youngsters, their psychological and emotional disorders mean that they are even more likely than other young people to need the support of adult carers as they transition from a residential framework.
The Life Skills and Independent Living Program provides basic life skills training to some of our more vulnerable youngsters and affords them the opportunity to experience life just as they will when they become adults. Over the course of the program they undergo a gradual transition to complete independence, instead of making the leap from the full-time care to living alone without any adult intervention. The aim is to immediately bypass the pitfalls that can arise from moving to complete independence in order to give these young men the best chance of successful long-term rehabilitation into mainstream society.