How the event will progress


Note: All the Pre-Events and Main Convention will be conducted in English Language

Main Event (3 Days)

DAY 1 | 3.5 hours

Session #

Key Area










Convention Opening Session





-       Ms. Mai

-       Ms. Karishma







Welcome by Organising Committee Representatives

Dr. Kiran Modi, Founder and Managing Trustee, Udayan Care, India


09.00- 09.10

08.00- 08.10

Address by OC committee Representatives

Ms. Shubha Murthi, DCOO/IDR, SOS Children’s Villages International

Prof. Wolfgang Schröer, University of Hildesheim, Germany

Ms. Martine Tobe, Director, Kinderperspectief, Netherlands

Ms. Nimmu Kumari, Generation Never Give-up (GNG) Network, Sri Lanka

Mr. Jeffrey Chasi, Zimbabwe Care Leavers’ Network

13:40- 14:00

09.10- 09.30

08.10- 08.30

The COVID-19 impact on Care Leavers: Global Experiences

Moderator: Mr. Patrick Reason, FICE, Brazil

Mr. Adham Khader,

Ms. Fabienne Landerer, Austria

Mr. Le Phong, Viet Nam

Ms. Tanja Abou, Germany

Ms. Tasha Reynolds, Australia

Md. Ebrahim Salama, Egypt (video)

14:00 -14:40

09.30- 10.10

08.30- 09.10

The international Commitment to Youth, with particular focus on Care Leavers

Moderator: Mr. Terry Dignan, CEO, EPIC, Ireland

Ms. Amanda Bissex, Child Protection Regional Advisor, UNICEF Regional Office, South Asia

Ms. Dhuwarakha Sriram, Chief of Adolescent Development and Generation Unlimited, UNICEF India

Mr. Douglas Ragan, Programme Management Officer, Specialist-Youth and Children, Human Rights and Social inclusion, UNHABITAT, Canada

Ms. Susana Puerto, Senior Youth Employment Specialist,

Employment Policy Department, International Labour Organization, Switzerland

Prof. Emmanuel Grupper, Ono Academic College, Israel

Ms. Nancy Maguire, Child and Youth Participation Manager, Lumos, UK


10.10- 10.50

09.10- 09.50


Release of Booklet on Case Studies from India

Prof. Mike Stein, University of York, UK


10.50- 11.00

09.50- 10.00


Keynote Speech – Expert

Mr. Mark Riddell, National Implementation Advisor, Dept. of Education, UK

15:30 – 15:50

11.00- 11.20

10.00- 10.20

BREAK ( time to visit exhibition halls for posters, videos, sponsor section)

15:50 – 16:00

11.20- 11.30



Plenary 1:


Panel Discussion - Policy and Legal Framework on Care Leaving: Overview, Concepts and Strategies on Leaving Care



Moderated by Prof Mike Stein., UK

Mr. Ian Anand, Director of Global Advocacy, CERI, USA

Dr. Joseph Mcdowall, Executive Director Research, CREATE Foundation, Australia

Mr. Mark Riley, Alternative Care Consultant, Hope and Homes for Children, Uganda

Mr. Reda Ali, Communication Specialist, Wataneya Society, Egypt

Ms. Tanja Abou, Germany

Ms. Yasmine El Hagry, Deputy Executive Director, Wataneya Society for the Development of Orphanages, Egypt


11.30- 12.20

10.30- 11.20

Wrap Up




12.20- 12.30

11.20- 11.30

DAY 2 | 3.5 hours









Ms. Neelam
Ms Fabienne








Opening: Recap of day 1 and Plan for today



09.00- 09.10


The Development of the Care Leavers Declaration and Strategies for the Way Forward

(Care Leavers from different regions present overview of the declaration)


Moderators: Ms. Karishma, India, Ms. Nimmu, Sri Lanka

with Dr. Severine Thomas, Germany and Ms. Martine Tobe, Netherlands


Response by policy makers

-       Hon. Muchi Chinyanganya, Member of Parliament, Zimbabwe

-       Mr. H. H. Leelananda – Deputy General Manager (Property), National Housing Development Authority, Sri Lanka

-       Mr. Josepf Koch, Managing Director, IGFH (German national section of FICE) and Advisor- German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.

-       Mr. Chandrika Khatiwada, Director, Institute for Legal Research and Consultancy, Nepal


09.10- 10.40






BREAK ( time to visit exhibition halls for posters, videos, sponsor section)


10.40- 10.50



Breakaway Sessions

30 mins group discussion

-       10 min presentation by groups in plenary session


1.     Mainstreaming-Expectations, Challenges and Possible Solutions: Ms Pratima Kamble, senior coordinator-education, Miracle Foundation India,

Ms. Nahla El Nemr, Egypt and Mr. Krishna Kumar, India

2.     Effective Participation of Care Leavers at the DGD 2021: co-facilitated by members of the DGD 2021 youth advisors and supported by Aisling Ledwith and Caroline Rose (Lumos), Bharti Mepani (Save the Children) and Mr. Adham Khedr and Farah El Sayed, Jordan

3.     Exploring Future Aspirations of Stakeholders in the Care Leaving Ecosystem: Prof. Umar Sheraz, COMSATS University, Pakistan

4.     The Power of Story-telling in Care Reform:

Dr. Delia Pop, Global Care Reform Specialist,


Md. Othman, Kingdom of Suadi Arabia (video)

5.     Becoming a Giver from a Receiver – Ms. Pooja Udayan, India



10.50- 12.20




Wrap Up




12.20- 12.30


DAY 3 | 3 hours






Way Forward




Ms. Nimmu

Ms. Ruth Wacuka



Opening: Recap of Day 1 and 2 and Plan for Day 3



09.00- 09.10


Plenary Session

Good Practices on supporting Care Leavers: Global, Regional and National Commitments

Moderator: Ms. Anna Schmid, FICE Switzerland

Dr. Aida Essaid , Director, Information and Research Center - King Hussein Foundation, Jordan and Dr. Rawan W. Ibrahim, German Jordanian University, Jordan

Ms. Aneesha Wadhwa, Executive Director, Udayan Care, India

Ms. Gabriella Rask, Project Coordinator, Youth and ICT4D, SOS Children’s Villages International

Mr. Matthias Hild, Programme Manager, Bruckensteine Careleaver, Germany

Ms. Susan Barton, Founder-Director, Lighthouse Foundation, Australia

13:40- 14:20

09.10- 09.50

08.10- 08.50

What Do Young People want as a Good Practice?

Moderator: Mr. Maximilian Ullrich, Founder and Managing Director, Make Me Smile International, Austria

Mr. Deepak KC, Nepal

Mr. Georg Thurnwalder, Austria

Mr. Marwan Khalil El-Husary, Egypt


09.50- 10.30


BREAK ( time to visit exhibition halls for posters, videos, sponsor section)


15:00 – 15:10

10.30- 10.40


Key Takeaways: The Global 2020 – 2022 Care Leavers Agenda

Ms. Fabienne, Mr. Jerome, Ms. Karishma, Ms. Mai, Ms. Neelam, Ms. Nimmu


15:10 – 15:40

10.40- 11.10


The Commitment to the Rights of Care Leavers in a Global World: A Road Map

Moderator – Ms. Ljiljana Ban, Social Worker, SOS Children’s Villages, Croatia

Dr. Delia Pop, Director, Global Care Reform Specialist, International

Ms. Deborah Jones, Chief Executive, Voices From Care, Cymru, UK

Dr. Kiran Modi, Founder Managing Trustee, Udayan Care, India

Ms. Mia Dambach, ISS/IRC director, Geneva

15:40 – 16:20

11.10- 11.50


Conclusions and Vote of thanks and


Dr. Severine Thomas, University of Hildesheim, Germany

16:20 – 16:30

11.50- 12.00


DAY 3 | 2 hours (Special Session)


Convention Café

Special session for USA, Canada, Latin American Care Leavers

Special session for USA, Canada, Latin American Care Leavers


Key discussions from the main convention and reflections from the region by experts and care leavers

22.30 - 00.30

18.00- 20.00





How do I connect with the larger world? – The need for Networking

Panel discussion between Care Leavers and civil society organisations. 24th Oct, 1330 IST / 0900 CET/ 0800GMT / 1100 EAT

Anchored & Hosted By : SOS Children’ Villages


My Care, My Voice

A Video-based Workshop 31st Oct, 1330 IST / 0900 CET/ 0800GMT / 1100 EAT
Anchored & Hosted By : Udayan Care, India


Contribution of Research on Care Leaving – the Global Experience

A Panel discussion 7th Nov, 1330 IST / 0900 CET/ 0800GMT / 1100 EAT

Anchored & Hosted By : University of Hildesheim, Germany

Poster Contest – presentation on posters and adjudication by Jury

21st Nov, 1330 IST / 0900 CET/ 0800GMT / 1100 EAT
Anchored & Hosted By : Kinderperspectief


Post Convention

The Key Takeaway from the Convention – Care Leavers interface with Stakeholders

A Panel discussion on 11th Dec : 1330 IST / 0900 CET / 0800GMT / 1100 EAT

Brief | Watch Event

Collectivizing Care Leavers

Udayan Care recently concluded a seminal research on ‘Aftercare’ to understand the situation of Care Leavers (youth who have lived in children’s homes and left them at 18 years). Since 2017 Udayan Care has supported an informal support group of Care Leavers from Delhi and this group launched itself at an international conference in March 2018. Known as CLAN, (Care Leavers Association and Network), this youth group has been formed as a city wide network so that CLs from different CCIs (Child Care Institutions) can join and there can be a greater synergy and support system amongst themselves.

Members from CLAN presented their care experiences in the form of a street play at the launch of the report on Aftercare.

Udayan Care in association with the University of Hildesheim – Germany, organized an Indo-German Meet for Care Leavers , from December 1-6, 2019, as part of the Project “Peer-Port”, transnational cooperation between Care Leavers in India and Germany.


The main objective of the project “Aftercare Peer Support” (Peer Port) is to create and support a group of Care Leavers who are strong enough to support others and empower them to investigate, advocate and promote the participation of Care Leavers in the local communities, educational system, and labour market.


It was a great learning experience for everyone who participated in the programme. The programme shared insights on the respective systems on child care and Aftercare in the two countries. It also helped to understand the challenges faced by Care Leavers. The Care Leavers are very excited about this collaboration and look forward to their work together to improve systems and policies in their respective countries.

Landscape Survey

The onslaught of COVID-19 and its consequences has been unprecedented. It has taken a toll on vulnerable youth such as Care Leavers (youth exiting Alternative Care settings) making them further vulnerable to homelessness, financial insecurity due to precarious employment and the gig economy. The impact of social isolation and the understandable increased levels of anxiety surrounding the crisis only exacerbated their vulnerability to mental health difficulties. 


The organizing committee of the 1st International Care Leavers Convention- India conducted a brief survey in May 2020 to understand their situation, ways they were coping up with the pandemic and the support they needed and were being provided with, if any at all. The survey aimed to capture the dominant thoughts of young people during this time, support organized for them, challenges faced by this vulnerable group and their suggestions on what kind of changes they would like to see for Care Leavers in a post COVID-19 world. Read the insights from the landscape survey here 

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