From an unaccompanied minor alien to being independent, what’s now?
Unaccompanied minor aliens (amv) come to the Netherlands from different countries. They are usually between the ages of 16 and 17. Upon arrival, they are to report to the asylum reception center. After the identification and registration process, they will go to a shelter center while waiting for their asylum application. If the appeal is granted, the children will receive an amv status and will be transferred to under the supervision of Nidos. Jade Zorggroep, on behalf of Nidos, will place some of these status holders in small-scale housing where they receive guidance and support from the support staff of Jade Zorggroep.
When the child reaches the age of 18, the guidance and support (for unaccompanied minors) will cease. He/she is then considered a young adult and is expected to act mature, independent and to be responsible for his/her actions. Experience has shown that these young adults have difficulty – without supervision – to participate and survive in our society. The time needed to acquire adequate skills within a KWG or KWE is not always sufficient. Practical matters, such as reading and processing the mail and managing finances, are essential, but insufficient counseling in a shelter for unaccompanied minors. The young adult has different priorities that will result in trouble, which carries certain consequences. Standing on their own feet is a process of trial and error.
Jade Zorggroep offers support to this group of young adults in cooperation with a number of municipalities. After their 18th birthday, the young adults receive nine months of supervision. Jade Zorggroep has developed a guidance methodology for this type of counseling. Assimilation, emancipation and participation are prioritized with the aim that the young adult, after nine months of sufficient guidance, is able to build an independent and balanced life in the Dutch society.
Jade Care Group provides counseling in two different ways:
- The young adult lives independently and receives ambulatory counseling.
- The young adult lives for nine months in a temporary house at Jade Zorggroep and receives necessary counseling during his/her stay.
Jade Zorggroep provides housing and support to former unaccompanied minors in the following municipalities:
- Municipality Assen
- Municipality Wijdemeren (starting Q3, 2016)
Municipalities that request information related to the guidance which Jade Zorggroep is offering, or wish to cooperate with Jade Zorggroep in assisting former unaccompanied minors or refugees in general, please contact Alex Visser at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0592- 379444.