District of bad kissingen: need for children’s homes on the rise

district of bad kissingen: need for children's homes on the rise

Too many cases, too little time, too much paper – that is the daily routine of the youth welfare office. 223 pages thick is the current annual and business report of the youth welfare committee. At last monday’s meeting, the focus was on expenditures and revenues as well as youth social work at schools in the district of bad kissingen.

In total, the revenues of the youth welfare office from the past year amount to around 3.8 million, the expenditures to around ten million euros. The largest share of so-called cost-intensive assistance is accounted for by full-time care and home education, each accounting for 23.4 and 24.3 percent of total costs, respectively. A serious increase in expenditure is due to the care of unaccompanied refugees who are minors. 1.7 million euros were spent on home education here.

"The income in youth welfare is generally quite sparse", explains head of the youth welfare office siegbert goll. "Some of the costs can be recouped through recreational activities or state demands." Youth welfare distinguishes between care for groups or individual cases. In the latter case, inpatient care, such as nursing home care or assisted living, represents the largest source of income, at around three million euros. "In some cases, we don’t get a case until late in the day, so there’s very little that can be done with outpatient services, says goll.

More and more children in the home

The number of youth welfare cases handled has increased particularly sharply in the area of home education, from 50 cases in 2013 to 116 cases in 2017. 66 of these cases involve refugees who are minors. "The number of children and young people being taken into care is increasing dramatically", says siegbert goll in his comments on the annual report. "This is reflected, for example, in the calls to the family court or the interventions of the social services." The number of children and adolescents admitted to youth protection centers has risen from eight to 43 cases since 2013.

The demands of familiar education include, for example, the use of family midwives and family nurses, who are arranged in the district of bad kissingen by the early help network, as well as parental counseling on the topic of writing babies. Expenditure totaled around 320000 euros, while income amounted to around 44,000 euros.

Important sponsor drops out

A shocking report for the youth welfare office was the loss of the red cross as a provider of youth social work at schools, reported georg schulz-hertlein from the youth welfare office. Although gbf and kolping followed suit, a third provider was still missing. 235 individual cases were handled by the youth work last year, in 58 percent of them the existing problems could be solved. In 41 percent of the cases, school changes or graduations ended the conflicts. The main reasons for the deployment of youth social workers are conflicts with schoolmates as well as psychological and family problems.

70 projects were implemented by the JAS in 2018, with vacation activities being a special feature of bad kissingen. The results of a survey of teachers at ten schools in the district showed that the cooperation between JAS, teachers, and schoolchildren has been successful so far, but that contact with parents still needs to be improved.

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