The project

The project

Our residential home welcomes 17 young people, boys and girls, from 18 month-olds to 18 year-olds.

Our goal :

“To welcome children or adolescents facing difficulties that can only be resolved by a short,  medium or long term placement.”

  • To ensure that children are listened to and respected by adults (parents, authorities, etc.) during all decisions that affect their lives.
  • To help parents to feel involved in their child’s development as much as we can, despite their To work with them and the child with a view, if possible, to family reintegration.
  • To help these children grow into strong individuals, find their own direction so that they can take their place in society as we live it, and to be heard.

Our support :

  • the (psycho-socio-educational) team is in constant contact with the child’s biological parents or foster families, the authorities, schools, and those “in contact with the child”.
  • ongoing dialogue with the child is indispensable: it seems obvious to us that even when something appears to be the best solution, it is of not valid unless the child accepts it
  • The selection of the adults in the team must be done with the greatest These adults, whose personalities will ensure that they maintain true human relations with the children, will be chosen according to their capacity to love the child, appreciate the uniqueness of each child, their competence and their desire for permanent training.
  • the home cannot exclusively house children living in extremely difficult: the educational aim would in, in this case, be very hard to fully achieve.
  • Group life is an institutional reality. As the quantitative norm is the inverse of its qualitative value, we try to ensure that the number of children is as close as possible to that of a large family. Administrative constraints have set our minimum capacity at 15
  • Nevertheless, autonomy and communal living are not mutually exclusive if we pursue tolerance and flexibility, with individual needs taking clear precedence over the demands of the group. This is, of course, subject to some constraints; any other situation would fail to reflect reality.
  • We seek ways of living that are as natural as possible and therefore prefer that each person seeks out leisure activities, friends and occupations (as  is  necessary  to maintain involvement with society). We do not systematically organise a life in a vacuum to meet every possible need and we choose to use the social infrastructure available to all, whether in terms of school, leisure, physical or mental  ..         However,the layout and atmosphere of the house must offer enough warmth so that the child is not obliged to seek relaxation    and    well-being elsewhere.      –      young residents presents themselves as individuals and not as a members of a group: they builds their own environment (friends, obligations, hobbies,…) – we try to encourage the child or young person to take responsibility (according to their age) by informing them about their experience or social situation, so that, confronted with this reality, they are better equipped to overcome it, to live with it.
  • The length of stay varies depending on personal circumstances. However, the length of the placement is not a criterion for
  • The team does not consider the placement at the Le Bateau Ivre as an end in itself. Residents can call it their home as long as there is no better solution for We actively seek this solution every day, based on the perceived needs of each child. When an alternative to placement is found, we prepare the next step.

In brief

  • A welcoming, educational, personalised
  • A springboard residence where adults guide the young person to orientate themself and provide them with the necessary tools to fully assume their
  • A “family” home where each person is unique and valued.
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