The Children and Adolescents’ Home in Geesdorf, Germany, is home to nine girls and boys. Everyone has their own room, and there’s plenty of space to play. Plus, there’s always something going on. It can be hard work for the social workers and caregivers, but they are all passionate about what they do. After all, some of them have been looking after children and teenagers, who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to live with their parents, for more than 20 years. The home was founded in 1977.
A social worker is always present, and the team put a lot of work into making sure the children and teenagers feel comfortable and at home. After all, they’ve been through a lot of upheaval. But while they don’t see their families as often as they used to, they live together with other children like siblings in a big family. Their parents come to visit from time to time and the children sometimes go home for the weekend.
In the home, the kids play, draw and read, do homework and, of course, help out around the house. They also take an active part in village and association life in Geesdorf. Over the holidays, the children always go away together – often on quite adventurous trips! For those who are unable to go home, they can choose from a range of different children’s or youth camps. There are lots of great options.
Within the local area, there are primary, middle, high and learning support schools for the children to attend. Once the young people graduate from school and start further training, for example apprenticeships, they are welcome to stay at the home.