Centre for Unaccompanied Minors | Society for the Care of Minors
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SOCIETY FOR THE CARE OF MINORS

Centre for Unaccompanied Minors

The Centre

The Centre's capacity reaches 17 hosting sites. To date over 2500 young people of different nationalities and social needs have passed through the Centre. The Society’s work and activities focus on boys, minors unaccompanied, who have moved away from their homes and families because of war or serious mass disasters. In many cases these children are victims of trafficking and torture. The hosted children have filed or intend to file a request for international protection before the competent Greek authorities, under the Geneva Convention of 1951 relating to the Status of Refugees and the respective European and national legislation.

Entry Procedure

After the referral from the competent authority the following documentation is required in order to examine the entry request: Recent Medical tests/certificates for the general health status and for infectious diseases, plus personal history that includes information with regards the entry conditions into the Greek territory and the legal status of the young person. Next, the children visits the Centre and meets the specialized welcome team and receives full information. After Board's approval the minor signs the hospitality agreement. For the last years the referrals of the children are made through the Greek National Centre for Social Solidarity (EKKA).

Centre for Unaccompanied Minors

Centre for Unaccompanied Minors

Exarchia, Athens
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Centre for Unaccompanied Minors

Exarchia, Athens
Σταθμός Εφήβων

Centre for Unaccompanied Minors

Exarchia, Athens

Supportive Process

The Board appoints the Social Worker and the Psychologist responsible for the entry procedures. The process of helping the minors in need, starts with the agreement for the time spent in the centre and the content of the activities. During this period, the progress is reviewed periodically. By adulthood and after they have completed their studies at school, starts the preparation for departure in order to allow and accomodation of other children in need.

Services Provided

In all foster children and minors the following services are provided: Food, shelter and health care, social counseling, legal and psychological support and information. Also provided professional guidance and training, individual-team sports and entertainment, classes and support to the Greek school. We also follow procedures for their family reuninification and social integration.

Services Provided

Hosting

Housing, feeding and complete daily care and healthcare.

Counseling

Social counseling, psychological support and information. Taking all necessary actions for the issuance of legal documents and legal support.

Education

Greek lessons from volunteers. Aid for school attendance. Actions for social inclusion and participation in events and sporting activities.

Reintegration

Vocational guidance, training and rehabilitation. Preparation and connection with the labor market.

Family Reunification

Counselling and support for autonomy. All foster children are enjoying the right to frequently communicate with members of the closer or extended family, when possible.