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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.
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.
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