Risk of social exclusion after leaving institutional care
Sociology Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, University of Latvia Riga, Latvia
The paper is based on a comparative study on Risk of social exclusion of youth leaving institutional care when turning 18. Study employs Allardt?s theory (Having, Loving, and Being) and analyses the possible risks of social exclusion of youth who have spent majority of their lives in institutions. Methods used - focus group discussions with care leavers, interviews with mothers who have been deprived from parental rights and experts in child protection system. Main conclusions show the material deprivation, psychological isolation and poor social integration policy for care leavers. One of the main recommendations demonstrates the need of skills training for integration into adult life and state support policy strategy.