The Jugendamt is an office, usually located in each Kreis or Kreisstadt and sometimes in other large towns.
The office is not only responsible for child protection and assisting parents that are unable to cope with their children, but also to arrange courses and activities for children.
They are also a point of contact for clubs and societies, eg. to apply for financial support to fund training courses or building repairs.¬† The rules for this vary from state to state.
Volunteers those clubs and societies can prove that they have a certain number of hours of training can go to the Jugendamt to apply for a JugendleiterInnen-Card, which gives them free or discounted entry to places such as swimming pools and museums.
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