Call for Poster

SOS Children’s Village, Kinderperspectief, Netherlands, University of Hildesheim, Germany and Udayan Care, India have come together to host the International Care Leavers’ Convention, 2020 in a virtual format from November 23-25, 2020. The Convention aims to connect Care Leavers internationally and provide space and tools that allows to learn, share and exchange experiences, knowledge and challenges. The virtual Convention will see sessions with service providers, researchers and policy makers working with and for Care Leavers. This is an exciting opportunity for practitioners, NGOs, professionals, researchers, students and organizations to showcase their research work, promising practices, good models and insights on or with Care Leavers.

We are excited to announce the Call for Posters for the Convention. Final selected posters would be displayed on the virtual event platform/event website.

Poster presentations in all areas related to Care Leavers can be submitted. Some areas could be:

  • Promising practices or good models of work with Care Leavers.
  • Recent research studies done on Aftercare or Care Leavers.
  • Legislation, national policies, guidance and regulatory framework requirements regarding Care Leavers.
  • Process of formation and strengthening of Care Leavers’ Peer Networks.


  • Kindly send your abstract by October 31, 2020. Limited space is available and hence the organising committee will review on first come basis.
  • Final Posters (pdf) must be submitted by November 10, 2020.

Poster Contest – presentation on posters and adjudication by Jury

21st Nov, 1330 IST / 1000 CET/ 0800GMT / 1100 EAT
Anchored & Hosted By : Kinderperspectief


Registration Details Coming Soon

Final Posters

Abdullah OSKAY is a Care Leaver of the Turkish Child Protection system. He is 37 years old. He founded one of the influential NGO in Turkey for caretakers and Care Leavers. He has a dream “A world without orphanages”. Beside his contribution to civil society in many ways, he works as a top-level bureaucrat in Turkish Government.

Ankit Kumar Keshri is a PhD Scholar and Senior Research Fellow at the School of Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. His research interest includes family-based care for at-risk children and youth. Previously, he has worked with SOS Children’s Villages, as a Senior Co-worker and was located in Hojai, Assam. He can be reached at  

Bojan Krsnik, employed in SOS Children’s Villages Croatia as Leaving Care Support Expert, previously worked as a project assistant – youth expert on the Prepare for Leaving Care project, has 10 years of experience in working with young people in alternative care and juvenile mothers in exercising their rights and preparing them for leaving care and independent life. An experience in conducting group and individual counseling in the field of exercising rights from the care system, partner relationships, parenting styles and improvement of parenting skills. For many years worked on socialization and integration of young Roma into society.

Dr. Carolin Ehlke

Researcher and teacher at the University of Hildesheim, Institute for Social Work and Organizational Studies (Germany)


Research focuses and interests: Child and youth welfare  (especially foster care and leaving care), child and youth welfare in the GDR, research on transitions, socio-pedagogical professionalism


Professional career:

2007-2013: studies in pedagogic/educational science

2019: PhD (Dr. phil; title of dissertation: „Care leavers from foster families. Coping with the transition from foster care to adulthood from the young people’s point of view“)

Sr Divya Fernandez is a Social Worker with St Catherine’s Home orphanage and children’s home in India, where she has is also the housemother of the older girls helping them transition into the outside world. She has a masters in Social Work from Nirmala Niketan college, Mumbai.

The “Prepare for Leaving Care” project is a 2-year transnational project that received a Grant from the European Commission. The project consortium, coordinated by SOS Children’s Villages International (project manager Florence Treyvaud Nemtzov), included CELCIS (Center for excellence for Children’s Care and Protection) and SOS Children’s Villages national associations in Spain, Latvia, Lithuania, Italy and Croatia together with more than 30 national partners. With direct participation of care experienced young people in all key activities, the project’s key objectives were to train care professionals on how to embed a child rights-based approach to their work especially in preparation for leaving care as well as to raise awareness about the need to sustain such trainings in the long run together with key stakeholders in the field of child protection at national and international level. A spin-off project called “Leaving Care” additionally took place in Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Estonia and Austria, issuing a “Call to Action: Leave No Care Leavers Behind”.


  • Heba Kotb, The American University in Cairo
  • Nahla Elnemr, Wataneya Society for the Development of Orphanages
  • Reda Ali, Wataneya Society for the Development of Orphanages
  • Yasmine Nasef, Wataneya Society for the Development of Orphanages
  • Yosr Kotb, Wataneya Society for the Development of Orphanages

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