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Applying for a parenting assistant or care assistant

An educational assistant or a care assistant can help a child or adolescent in everyday life, in dealing with their parents and with social problems.

Possible aids are:

  • Conversations about problems, fears and behavior,
  • Help in coming to terms with stressful experiences,
  • Assist in problem-solving with family, friends, teachers or others,
  • Assistance with administrative procedures.
  • In the case of older young people, there is also other help: support in finding work and housing,
  • help in detachment from parents,
  • Help to become independent.

Note: In contrast to "socio-pedagogical family assistance", an educational assistant concentrates his or her help largely on the child or young person concerned. If possible, it involves the social environment.

It is a type of educational aid. It may also apply to young adults.

Process flow

  • Please contact the responsible Youth Welfare Office.
  • In a personal conversation, you will be shown possible help. This can be, for example, a parenting assistant or a care assistant for your child.
  • If this assistance is eligible, then submit an application for educational assistance.
  • Everyone involved (you, your child. Educational assistants/care assistants and the Youth Welfare Office) meet for a help plan discussion. The aid plan specifies how the aid is to be structured and what objectives are to be achieved.

As a rule, the Youth Welfare Office commissions an independent welfare agency. This is where the educational assistant or the care assistant is employed.

Who should I contact?

To the local youth welfare office


  • You are the person with custody of a child (parent or guardian)
  • Not all of them can guarantee that the child will be well
  • The help of an educational assistant or care assistant is suitable and necessary (this is checked by the Youth Welfare Office).

What are the fees?

In the case of outpatient educational assistance, there are no costs for the applicant. The costs are covered by the Youth Welfare Office.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Labour, Health and Equality


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competent Bodies

Landkreis Emsland - Jugendangelegenheiten, Lingen
Postal address: Post Office Box 16 80 , 49786 Lingen (Ems)
Address: Am Wall-Süd 21 , 49808 Lingen (Ems)
Telephone: 0591 84-0
Fax: 0591 84-3362


Carsten Hüsing
Telephone: 0591 84-3344
responsible for:

Data protection information

Landkreis Emsland
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993

Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible
bank account:
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
IBAN: DE26266600600120050000
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
IBAN: DE39266500010000001339
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Postbank Hannover
IBAN: DE36250100300012132306


Marc-André Burgdorf
responsible for:
Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
Fax: 05931 44-391605
responsible for:

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)