Udayan Care (India), SOS Children’s
Villages, University of Hildesheim (Germany), Kinderperspectief (Netherlands) came
together along with Care Leavers Networks from different parts of the world, to convene
a Virtual Care Leavers Convention in October – November 2020.
The convention was planned with the objective to connect Care Leavers internationally and enable their coming together on a common and safe platform to learn, share and exchange their experiences, knowledge and challenges. The whole convention was designed as not just as a one day event but a series of pre-events leading to a three day main convention comprising of interface sessions with service providers, researchers and policy makers working with and for Care Leavers.
Registered in 1994 as a Public Charitable Trust, Udayan Care works to empower vulnerable children, women, and youth, in 27 cities across 15 states of India. Udayan Care accords the highest importance to child and youth participation and encouraging their direct voices to be heard. In 26 years, we have directly impacted the lives of about 30,000 children, women, and youth as beneficiaries as well as thousands as indirect beneficiaries through our advocacy, research, publications and training programmes. Udayan Care has recently concluded a seminal research on Aftercare in India. The research has initiated a much-needed discourse on the need for robust Aftercare Programming among different stakeholders in India including Care Leavers and has been widely appreciated nationally and internationally. Post this research, we are also piloting demonstrable evidence building projects on Alternative Care in different states of India, with a focus on transition planning and aftercare. Efforts are also being made to bring Care Leavers together as peer-support networks in different states of India.
The University of Hildesheim – Germany is regionally and transnationally connected through intense contacts with research organisations, NGOs, social service organisations and educational institutions. Its strength in research is widely visible and comprises diverse topics, different theoretical approaches and methodologies. There has been much research on young people’s rights and vulnerable groups with a focus on public child and youth care at the Institute of Social Pedagogy and Organization Studies. It founded a research cluster on residential and foster care. The cluster focuses on basic research to support reforms in this sector. The Institute is also part of the International Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood from Care (www.globalintrac.com).
Kinderperspectief is committed to children and young people in the Netherlands and Southeast Europe who grow up in difficult circumstances. They want to offer them a better future perspective. They do this by supporting and helping to develop projects and initiatives together with partner organizations. They consider the perspective that children and young people themselves have on their situation and future very important. Their motto is therefore: “See through the eyes of children and young people and build their future together”. See more at https://www.kinderperspectief.nl/organisatie/
SOS Children’s Village is a global federation working to protect and care for children who have lost parental care, or who stand at risk of loosing it. They work with communities, partners and States to ensure that the rights of all children, in every society, are fulfilled. They are an independent, secular, a political non-government organisation working in the spirit of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child with five regional offices in five continents. They believe that every child belongs to a family and has the right to grow with love, respect and security.
Care Leavers Association and Network, Delhi: An independent youth collective for all care leavers in Delhi, India to encourage peer support, advocate for their rights and create a network of mentors to guide CLAN.
Zimbabwe Care Leavers Network contributes to capacity development and engage with duty bearers to influence policies and programs affecting children and young people in residential care
Generation Never Give Up is a space for youth who are leaving care homes in Sri Lanka to find the support they need to face the challenges of an independent life, through a nation-wide peer network.
The Latin American Network of Care Leavers (LATAM) is a coalition of Latin American organizations working to improve the lives of adolescents and youth who live or lived in Child Protection Systems. The Network was founded in 2014 and since then has grown to have 24 member organizations across 11 countries in the region (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Perú, and Uruguay).