summit

Summit cares for children, youth and young adults at high risk and who have various disabilities within the community. Through its programs Summit prevents the institutionalization of those in its care, and assists them to integrate into mainstream Israeli life. At present, Summit operates three programs:

[a] A Foster Care program: A rehabilitative foster care program for 770 sexually and violently abused and neglected children and teenagers. We care for 770 children and adolescents (aged 0-18) in 520 foster families and 10 Emergency Shelter foster families.

In 2003 the Summit Institute was appointed as the sole agency responsible for the placement and supervision of children in foster care in the Jerusalem and southern regions of the country, stretching all the way to Eilat.

[b] A psychosocial rehabilitation program: Located in Jerusalem, this program cares for 255 adolescents and young adults aged 18-35 with a history of psychiatric illnesses in five settings; three therapeutic live-in communities, 50 young adults (aged 21-and up), in independent supported housinga supported employment program for 160 youths aged over 18 in the process of rehabilitation and a counseling and tutoring program for those not yet ready for supported employment.

[c] A Parents-Adolescents Treatment Supportive Center for 100 adolescents & parents within the community. The goal of this center is to enhance the life force of the families and to prevent them from sending the challenged children to boarding schools or to foster parents.