Our initiative is committed to improving the transition of young people with experience of youth welfare and foster care into their independent grown-up lives.
Learn about our vision and what we do
In 2018 in Germany, 235.000 children and adolescents lived in homes or foster families. This is probably the most intensive welfare intervention in the lives of young people. The majority have to move out at the age of 18 and are completely on their own without any family support.
In contrast to:
On average, young people in Germany only start their education at the age of 19.8 and leave their parents' home at 23.7. Almost 80% of students receive financial support from their parents.
We want everyone to have a fair chance to realise their potential on their way to adult life. Care leavers, like all young people, are part of our shared future and should be given the same means and opportunities to help shape it.
What do we do?
Our initiative Brückensteine Careleaver was launched in April 2019. We are an association of various organisations working together to improve the situation of care leavers and to achieve a collective, positive impact in the field of Leaving Care through our projects.