The Kenya Society of Care Leavers (KESCA), the Uganda Care Leavers (UCL), The Better Care Network and Changing the Way We Care invited policy makers, practitioners, advocates and careleavers to a unique opportunity to listen and learn from two leaders of careleaver associations.
Special guests Ruth Wacuka of the Kenya Society of Care Leavers and Mai Nambooze of Uganda Care Leavers highlighted two recent documents that illustrate the careleaver experience within and outside of care (How to Engage Care Leavers in Care Reform and The Care Leaver Experience: A Report on Children and Young People’s Experiences in and After Leaving Residential Care in Uganda) in a discussion moderated by Kelley Bunkers of Maestral International. The webinar provided guidance on how to intentionally engage careleavers in programming and advocacy in a manner that reflects their voices, opinions and agency.
Informed by their lived experiences, Ruth and Mai provided examples of how careleavers have organized, advocated and engaged in different elements of care reform and challenged participants to do the same. The presenters shared the experience of establishing care leaver groups as a means of motivating other countries and contexts to form their own associations and advocacy platforms.
The webinar was held on 30 October 2019.