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.

The Organizing Committee (OC) is composed by Udayan Care (India), SOS Children’s Villages, University of Hildesheim (Germany), Kinderperspectief (Netherlands).

The Convention will be delivered on a virtual platform over three days from November 23-25, 2020, with sessions taking place between 1.30 pm to 3.30pm IST. The Convention virtual platform aim is to design a virtual experience that is as close to being physically connected as possible.

The virtual convention will be preceded by a series of engagement activities with Care Leavers across the globe such as online polls, video and poster making sessions, and research based webinars.

International Convention website

Convention concept note

Care Leavers Declaration admist Covid-19 and Beyond

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