When a child or young person is no longer in care, they may still need help and support. This is called after-care. According to the law, the body responsible for social services must provide after-care for a child or young person if the child has been in care or placed in open care for at least six months.
The purpose of after-care is to facilitate the child or young person’s return to home or becoming independent. After-care may continue until the young person turns 25. The child welfare services together with the young person agree and plan which services and support measures the after-care period includes in practice. After-care may include support for housing, livelihood, work or study.