Virtual Event

23/11/2020 - 25/11/2020

For the Care Leavers
By the Care Leavers
With the Care Leavers

International Care Leavers’ Convention 2020

 

Date: November 23-25, 2020

Pre Events

October 24, 2020

October 31, 2020

November 7, 2020

November 21, 2020

December 11, 2020

Meaningful improvements for children and youth growing up in care can only be made in partnership with Care Leavers who have experience with the care system. The solution lies in the wisdom of lived experiences of Care Leavers who Knows most what’s at stake, towards powerful lasting change. The need of the hour is to hear the unheard voices of Care Leavers and provide them a platform to improve the support and opportunities available to them, especially considering the care system exists for their benefit.

The International Care Leavers Convention is a unique opportunity to Collectivize Care Leavers at an international level and amplify the voices of children and young people – because without the insight of these young leaders our care systems won’t be effective.

 

 

The objective of the Convention is to bring Care Leavers together and provide them with a platform to emerge to learn, share and exchange experiences, knowledge and challenges on their situation such that it accentuate their voices and attracts the attention of decision makers to act upon their demands through betterment of the policy and practice related to them.

I am seventeen, soon to be eighteen
I am seventeen,
Soon to be eighteen,
I’ll be thrown out,
But the world is so loud.
How will I fight?
Tell me is it right?
I need an Aftercare home,
Same like my shelter home.
Am I not the responsibility of the State?
Then why am I left alone at this stage?
What about the dreams I aspire to
Will I be guided with rehabilitation planning?
Education, friends, relationship and my community,
Ooppss! Sorry I’m not even a part of the society.
Wake up authority,
Gift me my identity,
Hear my voice, screaming for unanswered questions.
Understand me, even I have potential,
Hold my hand, I need a stand.
I am seventeen, soon to be eighteen,
And eighteen is frightening.
Priyanka Kumari and Suman Kasana

Who is this Conference for?

  • Young people with Care experience who would like to connect with other Care Leavers
  • Social workers, academicians, researchers, child rights professionals and experts working with children and youth in care
  • Service providers who are interested in advancing the cause of Care Leavers through provisioning of various services

Call to support the Declaration

With facilitation from the Organizing Committee of the Care Leavers Convention, and after the Landscape survey findings were shared with all Care Leavers, young people with Care experience (aka Care Leavers (CLs)/Care experienced youth), came together on a webinar on June 6, 2020.

 

 

The webinar saw participation from over 100 Care Leavers from about 25 countries to explore and discuss the challenges faced by Care Leavers globally and how the current COVID-19 outbreak has intensified their vulnerabilities and suggest solutions/recommendations to ensure Care Leavers feel supported. Post that the conversation between Care Leavers and the Organising Committee continued through the months of June and July and the youth were able to expand on the existing international and national framework of support for children and youth in Alternative Care settings and developed the final Declaration that identified eleven domains of gaps and offered recommendations specific to the issues affecting children and youth from Alternative Care settings globally.

 

 

Post the finalization of the Declaration, the same was endorsed by all the Care Leavers’ networks and organisations working with and for Care Leavers. The Declaration has been promoted by various national and international agencies as well through their website and social media channels.

 

 

In the month of August and September, Care Leavers under the continued guidance of the organizing committee have made presentations on national actions that can and should be taken by policy makers to change the current situation of Care Leavers in different countries.

Voices of Care Leavers

Are you a Care Leaver and would like to share your thoughts with your peers and the Community? if yes, your video can also be listed here and shared with the community. To get it listed please share the link of the video to : sylc@udayancare.org

*Have you been working towards collectivizing Care Leavers in your country? Would you like to submit your work for dissemination on this website? Please reach out to Ms. Leena Prasad at sylc@udayancare.org
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