When a child lives outside the home

Sometimes a family's resources are not sufficient for ensuring a child's or adolescent's growth and development. In these situations, the child's upbringing takes place outside the home. A child or an adolescent can be placed in a family or in institutional care. A social worker decides on placing the child based on the Child Welfare Act.

Child Foster and Residential Care takes care of matters related to children and young people placed in foster care.

Reception Activities Unit for Children and Teens

Children and teens aged 0-17 years are placed in the Reception Activities Unit for Children and Teens. The reception unit consists of the reception family unit and four around-the-clock wards. The reception unit’s task is to clarify and assess the child’s/teen's and his/her family's overall situation and need for support and taking into custody. A multiprofessional team and social workers will together assess the child's/teen’s and the family's situation.

Vantaa’s joint assessment model—based on the BBIC assessment model—is applied to the reception unit's work. The aim is to assess the child’s developmental needs, to chart the child’s protective and risk factors as well as the guardian’s resources and need for support. Reception activities around-the-clock wards’ occupational therapist, nurse and psychologist support the assessment work.

Reception family unit

In the reception family unit, the children and teens are placed in foster families. A social worker will make the decision on the placements. Children are for the most part placed in foster families on the basis of an urgent placement decision, but at issue may also be an outpatient support measure. The reception family unit consists of the unit’s chief advisor and nine social advisors.

Children’s reception ward Terhola

Mostly under-school-age Vantaa children are placed in Terhola on child-protection grounds. Terhola has six customer places, and a social worker makes the decision on placement. The ward consists of the unit’s chief advisor and eight social advisors.

Assessment ward Vaahteramäki

Children and teens are primarily placed in Vaahteramäki as outpatient support measures. The ward has seven places for children and teens, and a social worker makes the decision on placement. The ward consists of the unit’s chief advisor and eight social advisors.

Reception wards 1-2 for the young

Vantaa youth are placed in reception wards 1-2 on child-protection grounds. Each ward has seven places, and a social worker makes the decision on placement. Both wards consist of the unit’s chief advisor and eight social advisors.

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