San José de Braga Office
Born on 4 January, 1979, in the municipality and district of Braga. Degree in Psychology with pre-specialization in Clinical and Health Psychology by University of Minho. Master in Health Psychology. Post-graduate in Protection and Promotion of Rights of Children and Youth at Risk. She has worked since 2008 at Oficina de S. José as a psychologist. From 2022 as a Technical Director of the Specialized Care Home. From 2012 to date, coordinator of the project “Autonomy – develop and dynamize processes of pre-autonomy and children and young people’s autonomization ” in the Care Home of Oficina de S. José.
“Good practices in transition programs to adult life”
Process(es) and journeys in children and young people’s autonomy in Oficina de S. José (OSJ): children and young people’s autonomy in foster care is a topic with social, political, legal, academic and ethical relevance. The rearrangement of children and young people’s role and status in societies has influenced national and international changes regarding their work autonomy, namely those in the foster care system. The promotion of autonomy should be understood as a children and young people’s right.
When it comes to intervention and interveners, the change in the framework in care homes makes this an even more pressing need. Smaller structures, which resemble a more “family-like” house, allow more individualized work, which fosters a greater autonomy. Also, foster care is increasingly specific, that is, more children and young people are welcomed with specific (educational, cultural, personal, social) needs that require more structured, specialized and technical work. Thus, in this presentation, it is proposed to go on a reflective journey on the processes and journeys developed by Oficina de S. José in the scope of the promotion of children and young people’s rights, especially the right to autonomy.