Support 100 Care leavers in India

by Youth Council for Development Alternatives
Support 100 Care leavers in India
Support 100 Care leavers in India
Support 100 Care leavers in India
Support 100 Care leavers in India
Support 100 Care leavers in India
Support 100 Care leavers in India
Support 100 Care leavers in India
Support 100 Care leavers in India
Support 100 Care leavers in India
Support 100 Care leavers in India

Young adults in state care will remain in care system until they reach the age of 18. Young adults, out of home care often struggle to build stable lives. This is not surprising: typically young care leavers not only have to overcome a difficult childhood, but also tend to receive less support during the crucial period of early adulthood than youth living with their parents. In that period they require handholding support to built their life perfectly. They need support in the field of financial support, training in skills, handholding for career development, counseling for managing emotions and such other measures that contribute to the process of their mainstreaming in the society.

Care leavers face different challenges. They struggle with their identity in society, build career in higher education, loss of job, less salaries, accommodation. Care Leavers Association is benefit for the young people where young people feel they are not alone. The network is there to allow them to raise their voice where they need, advocating for change together rather than doing it alone. The young people group can listen to their other members issues and help them and give them a word of support in their crisis time. Dedicated care leavers worked for the progress of the challenges such as emotional support, job opportunities, housing information, mobilize financial resources.

The leading care leavers giving focus on career developmental tasks for care leavers and to know their interests, capacities, values and acquire knowledge about work to decide upon the realistic educational and career aspiration. When making career-related decisions, care leavers develop a positive career attitudes and behaviors and base their decisions on career-relevant knowledge and skills. The discussion with other care leavers was very much fruitful for the young adults for career mapping and to make their self assessment and self reflection.

YCDA organized Governing Body Meeting of Odisha Care Leavers Association (OCLA) on October 2022. Almost 20participants were participated including all the governing body members of OCLA and given their valuable suggestion for the growth of OCLA. The President of OCLA preside the meeting and discussed the following points during the meeting:

  • Progress of programme of Odisha Care Leavers Association (OCLA)
  • Internal Governance, financial allocation and budgeting
  • Future planning, Suggestion and opinion
  • Open house discussion
  • Way forward

 

New hope of  Care leaver

A Young adult of aged 20years, who has lost her mother during her childhood several years ago, is staying with her father. Her father is working as a daily wage labour in  village. After the death of her mother it was too difficult for her father the family with low income. So, her father placed the her in Child Welfare Committee (CWC) for seeking institutional care. As per the order of CWC, the young adult was referred to a Child Care Institution (CCIs) for further care and Protection when she small. From that day onwards that CCI became home for her and now she has completed her 10th class examination with good marks. As per the JJ Act guideline she was referred to Youth Council for Development Alternatives (YCDA) by Child Welfare Committee (CWC) for the aftercare support.

After several round of counseling sessions & doing carrier interest mapping. It was noticed that she has interested in technical Vocational education. Looking to his best interest she was applied & got admission at Govt. ITI collage, Bhubaneswar with the Support of Youth Council for Development Alternatives (YCDA).Now, se is very happy that he started her skill education in technical trade for employment opportunities.

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Care Leavers are young adults who have lived any Alternative care arrangements both foster care, kinship care or any residential care, and left them on attaining adulthood, mostly age group of 18 years. Living in a highly protected and controlled environment till 18years, then they find difficult in society after independent staying without guidance. The transition period from dependent life to independent young adult stage is quite challenging.

 

The initial transition experience can impact their life to cope their ability in later phase. Social support network is very important for care leavers during this transition period. Growing up in child care institution or any family care arrangement for certain age limit sometimes affected the continuity of education, skill training and social stability of care leavers after leaving care arrangement. This can help them get though the difficulty during that period both from emotionally and practically. Having no stability in their life, the care leavers are facing immense mental stress. Social support network is extremely important for the care leavers during this transitioning period. During this period they deal very comfortably with the care leavers those who are facing any difficulties in transition time. After the transition the care leavers usually faces accommodation, unemployment, financial deficiency. The care leavers have many aspirations in their life. Through the network care leavers gives hope to the care leavers to resolve the issues and show a correct path to fulfill their aspiration and live a smooth life.

 

Care leavers network is very much important for the care leavers to discuss and find some kind of solution. It bring together the voices of care leavers to support the care leavers at their difficult stages. During Covid-19 pandemic care leaver faced many challenges like loss of job, housing, higher education opportunities, health services, increase stress & isolation and financial crisis. After interaction among Care leavers network, some kind of emergency issues resolved immediately

YCDA in collaboration with the district administrative District Child Protection Committee (DCPU) of Boudh & Balanagiri has been organized a training and orientation programme for the Care Leavers attaining 18 years of age to prepare their career path. Their motivation factors and aspiration mapping was conducted taking certain tools and techniques. Around 50 numbers of young Adults participated from different care arrangement setup from Boudh & Balangir district and got trained to prepare their career opportunity based on their interest. It is very much important for the care leavers to concrete their career path and skill. Normally care leavers residing in the child care institution get difficulties to identify their potentiality, strength and weakness which supposed to help them to prepare their career plan. This orientation programme helped them to chose the technical education rather than the general education, gave exposure to wider thinking for self independent

Life skill education is very much important for Care Leavers attain 18years. This transition period is very much crucial period in young adult’s life. They require the support by someone to help them on their path to live independently in the society. Life Skill Education training programme was conducted for the care leavers to deal the root causes of problem faced by the care leavers to empower them confidently into independent lives. Life skills play an important role in everyone’s life. Life skills make Care leavers to know their life easier and simple, live in a positive life with a right way. Therefore, life skills are very important for Care Leavers.  Life skills education is one such type of skill, young people can develop a concrete plan of his life appropriately and to organize the activities related to life in a systematic manner. It is a type of education in which skills are developed to make the care leaver efficient in such a way that they can make decisions in every situation by his talent. With the right information, knowledge and support, these children can develop a concrete plan to fulfill their aspirations and be successful in their independent life.

 

Mental health & wellness for care leavers was conducted virtually with support of PATH, India. Amid the global health crisis, the present environment has created panic and anxiety amongst most of the people. This pandemic crisis has brought the youth to a painful life. Day to day it’s very challenging time to cope in today’s life. Anxiety and depression, the two most common forms of mental health conditions, are more prevalent among young adults age group 18-24 than in the general population. Care leavers also facing many challenges social isolation and psycho social stress. This training enlightened young people in positive improvements in their life.

Career Counselling to Care Leavers
Career Counselling to Care Leavers
Career Guidance to Care Leavers
Career Guidance to Care Leavers
Life Skill Training to Care Leavers
Life Skill Training to Care Leavers
Training on Life Skill & Career Counselling
Training on Life Skill & Career Counselling

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Care Leavers
Care Leavers

A care leaver is a young adult who is leaving and spent their career in child care institution or any alternative care arrangement and has left the institute or care arrangement family after attain 18 years approved by the Statethrough a court order or a child protection unit of the Government under the law is considered as the Care leavers.

Leaving home care and setting out in a life lead is slightly terrified  for any young person in India. Living independently is the most complex process in Indian society. Children after leaving the institutional care,is path to them in preparation for life in a normal society. Care leavers faced many challenges when they leave from Institution and they start living on their own for the first time without family. So this is very important for young adults to access their rights and entitlements and live their independent lives smoothly.

During this Covid pandemic Care Leavers have faced many challenges in social isolation and psychosocial stress.  We have explored these after discussion with them.  The fear and anxiety in this situation is being away from work, peers, adjusting to new ways of learning, fear of losing their job and income. The emotional and mental distress may increase the risk of psychiatric illness. Looking into the importance of the situation and the need to deal with the issues arising due to psycho social stress, YCDA conducted workshop on self care for Mental Health to reduce the stress and anxiety of care leavers and lead a healthy life.. In this workshop around 50 Care leavers were participated. The care leavers This workshop has motivated to care leavers to discuss about mental health and maintain healthy attitudes for communicating and help-seeking.

Life skill Education is giving frequently to the care leavers to enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life.It helps to the care leavers in confidence to take decisions, communicate effectively with others and developing their skills and manage themselves to build a perfect life in the society.

Care leavers faced many difficulties after the institution when they start living independently without support from family/care givers. So association is very important for young adults to access their rights and entitlements through lobby and advocacy and it also support the young adults who have grown up in aftercare programme, they can lead independent lives smoothly. Odisha Care Leavers Convention was held during this period. Around 150 numbers of young representatives from different parts of India participated and shared their journey, their learning and challenges they faced during covid19 pandemic. They also highlighted the issues and the support they required from the stakeholders.

New Life begin......

Mami (name changed) 20 years was staying in Child Care Institution when she was very small. He started a new life with loving care takers, where she continued her schooling there. She was very much kin interested to study in stiching. After completion of school education,she took admission in Govt. ITI Bhubaneswar to pursue higher education. She was bit worried about her study during covid 19 pandemic. It was hard time but she finished her course with a good result.

In this situation and her interest in stiching, YCDA came forward to extend cooperation. With the support of Inner wheel, YCDA supported her sewing machine for dress making which helped him to earn for her livelihood. Now she started earning for her new life.  She personally thanks to the donors for making her dream possible. Her kin interest makes her dream fulfill.

Workshop on Selfcare of Mental Health
Workshop on Selfcare of Mental Health
Workshop on Mental Health for care leavers
Workshop on Mental Health for care leavers
Care Leavers Convention
Care Leavers Convention
Care Leaver new life
Care Leaver new life

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Thank you for your Support

Executive Summary:

Care leavers are special category of youth who have lived in alternate care for a large part of their lives and are transitioning to independent adult living. The alternative care in most cases in India is provided by Child Care Institutions (CCI) and children living in these can have a background of abandonment, neglect, abuse and exploitation. Long term institutional care is not in the best interest of children, as studies have shown that it can impede physical, emotional, and cognitive development. Further, most care leavers at the age of 18 years have not completed their education or received adequate vocational training to be financially independent and seek employment or entrepreneurship opportunities or actively participate as change makers and leaders.

Hence care leavers, more than other young people, are not sufficiently equipped at the age of 18 years to transition from childhood to adulthood. Along with an incomplete education, care leavers face challenges in accessing identity documents, bank accounts, housing, employment, financial literacy, psychosocial and health services, and the absence of a support system, which is critical in emergency situations as revealed by the COVID- 19 pandemic. Looking into their situation YCDA is facilitating the process to enable care leavers to mobilize themselves into a collective platform to take care of their needs, support each other and make their voices heard. The care leavers association is visualized as an umbrella collective with representation from all districts care leavers irrespective of origin

Key Intervention During the period:

Critical Support to Careleavers:

Around 200 care leavers are associated with us in our associations & Looking into the COVID-19 pandemic we have done do a quick assessment on situation of Care leavers in COVID Pandemic. Analyzing the situations & with proper planning 100 careleavers are supported with counselling, cash, food, ration, health & shelter support. These careleavers are continuing with their career in exploring the jobs for livelihood opportunities. Our social workers are regularly visited to care leavers and providing them support with counseling & analyzing the situation which helped them in mainstreaming in society.

Psycosocial & Lifeskill training:

The psychosocial and lifeskill training support was provided to 200 care leavers through trainings & counseling by professional experts. These careleavers have been trained up to prepared their own career planning and future options because of the motivational camps and career counselling. These young adults are getting support of aftercare and continuing their vocational education and living their independent life.

The careleavers are getting counselling, life skill support regularly.  The social counseling and psychosocial support helps to to come out from the depression & traumatic situation. During the sessions, tips to the careleavers have been provided to meet their needs in their life.

Education & Job Placement:

100 children eligible for the aftercare and pre aftercare support have been trained up to prepare their career planning and future option because of the motivational camps and career counseling. Prior enrolling the careleavers into vocational & education as an after care measures, we gave them enough exposure to understand their need & choices .We provide exposure to encourage them to make their choices & choose the career opportunities.

These young adults are getting support of aftercare and continuing their vocational education, and living their independent life. Out of them 16 young adults are living in group living arrangements and getting the educational support and During this period 12 young adults have got placement in different jobs and earning 6 thousand per month.

Executive Committee Meeting of Odisha Carelevaers Association:

We have organized the Executive Committee Meeting taking the 25 members and review the progress of the associations.  The care leaver association is working as a coordinating source for the upcoming care leavers. During the meeting different resolutions have been taken by the   committee members for providing critical support to the careleavers in need and approval of the new membership drive. Now 200 careleavers have been associated & get the support in sustained their life who are struggling for financial & social by linking in education, job ,housing & food . 

A Story on Building Hopes in Life…

Hii … I belongs to a poor family where my parents are daily wage labourer & my whole life changed when I was attacked by acid while going for my education classes . My whole life in passed in struggle when my parents left me in hospital. Then after I came in contact with the Child welfare committee and they rescue me and put me in CCIs. CCIs personnels helped me & operated for plastic surgery many times then after I stay in CCIs. Now as I reached 18 years I left out from CCIs and came to my grandmother home.  YCDA Counsellor came to me in regular basis and helped me in preparing career planning as per my choices and interest. On the time beign she enrolled me in dress making trade in Vocational education and supported me in group living . I am very much happy that now I have completed my training and got support of a machine for my earning .Now, I am a self employed careleavers and sustained by life through my earning of rs 7000 per month. Me & my grandmother are living happily .

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Vocational skill linkges of Careleavers
Vocational skill linkges of Careleavers
Counselling to care leavers
Counselling to care leavers
Life skill training
Life skill training
Executive Committee Meetings
Executive Committee Meetings
Exposure ,Education & Job Placement
Exposure ,Education & Job Placement

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Covid warrior during pandemic
Covid warrior during pandemic

COVID-19pandemic has caused an unprecedented human health crisis causing more crises for the lives of human beings.At the outside of Coronavirus,young adults suffered a lot and affect for long period and facechallenges The situation has been worsened for the children leaving child care institution after attaining 18 years these-vulnerable youths are at risk of physical, financial and social harm. This has resulted in the loss of jobs and income, and crises of food, housing, mental and physical well-being, and livelihoods. Such situation has been impacted a lot during the second strain of COVID for which these aftercare children experienced after leaving the care setting and were legally compelled to exit their care setting on attaining adulthood.

However, these (CNCP) children live in CCIs or orphanages in temporarily before they are placed suitably in Community. Sometimes they continue to live in CCIs until they are deinstitutionalized at the age of 18 years and soon after they attain 18 years they are sent back to the community without any proper rehabilitation planning. Such situation becomes worsen to these children as they don’t get aftercare support either from government or from civil society. In such a situation the young adults strive to manage their livelihood but the pandemic situation pusses to get un-affordability consequently they get enormous dropouts, child labour, forced child marriages, issues of trafficking and violence. To address this issue YCDA has continued its effort providing direct support to the aftercare children and in the same time advocates to the government and duty bearers to ensure their care, protection and rehabilitation. Looking into their needs YCDA has conducted few following activities.   

Life skill training, Career planning & Psycho social support to aftercare children

Young children are disproportionately represented in the most vulnerable families and highly vulnerable in times of shock because services to support young children are often outside of formal systems and end up overlooked. Already scarce resources will likely be diverted to the pandemic response. Food insecurity will be a profound challenge for young children and their families, which is particularly problematic for children’s development in first 100 days. We also know from the COVID crisis, that the young children are more likely to experience violence, abuse and neglect as families struggle to cope. The recovery phase from the COVID-19 crisis is likely to be protracted and these young adults have faced extended economic challenges.

Looking into the need of hour the psychosocial support has been extended for the care and support to aftercare children. It has been included the care and support offered by friends, peers, teachers, health workers, and community members on a daily basis. It also extends includes care and support offered by specialized psychological and social services. Talking about the event and allowing children to share their experiences and feelings may help to decrease emotional distress. This has rebuilt children’s trust and helps them feel cared for and secure. Listening to their feelings and re-assuring them that it is common to feel the way they do after such an event is helpful. Being available and offering reassurance to children can help restore a greater sense of safety and security.

Critical support o the aftercare children during the lockdown situation

During the lock down situation many of the young adults have to lose their livelihood, dropped out from the education and failed to have basic amenities and due to weak economical conditions of the young adults they couldn’t bear the college dues. They couldn’t even afford for her college uniform, neither could buy the text books or attend online exams as they didn’t even have a smart phone. In a quick response, YCDA quickly mobilized for few smart phones and gave these young adults so that they could attend the online classes. Currently YCDA is also planning for mobilizing more numbers of smart phones for the remaining after care children .It has been planned to provide with periodic counseling, life skill based adolescent education and career counseling. We ensure a personalized quality engagement with these aftercare children on a regular basis to reduce disruptions.

Case study of Mitanjali who was facilitated the Job placement after appropriate training

Rita ( Name Changed) was just completed 18 years. When she was only 7 years old her mother committed suicide and the child got neglected, her father was in custody related to the suicidal cases of his wife. Automatically the child got out of parental care. The child was put in the orphanage and there she spent around 7 years. As the child failed in 10th standard so the orphanage people discouraged her and asked her father to take away her from the orphanage. Fortunately her father had been released from the imprisonment. Looking into the pandemic situation her father brought up her from the orphanage and further she was not entertained in the orphanage.

YCDA taken over the case and during the preparation of her care plan and counseling it was realized that the child has a dream of successful future .So looking into her best interest and suitability she was enrolled in a six month courses of hotel management as hospitality trade. Educational support and counseling support was provided her. In course of time she completed the course and soon after completed 18 years of age she recently got offered from the CARE hospital Bhubaneswar to deal as a COVID warrior. Somehow she did not show her interest to join in Bhubaneswar rather she got interested to go to Hyderabad along with her other friends. She was shifted to Hyderabad CARE hospital. Now she is working there in the food serving unit for the COVID patients with a salary of Rs.7000 per month excluding food and accommodation. Now she is happy to get this job and having a dream to make release her house which has been mortgaged by her father

Career planning training for Young Adults
Career planning training for Young Adults
Virtual Meeting with care leavers during covid 19
Virtual Meeting with care leavers during covid 19
Critical Support to Young Adult during pandemic
Critical Support to Young Adult during pandemic

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