No Cause for Celebration: Ageing out of Care in Georgia

The Georgian Coalition for Child and Youth Welfare and  ChildPact  are organizing a public hearing to present the main gaps in child welfare system to the Georgian government and raise the voice of children among the decision makers.

The event will take place at Courtyard Marriott Hotel, on July 30, 2014.

The main topic of discussion will be the gaps of Child Care system that does not yet consider Georgia’s most vulnerable youth. At the hearing the Policy Brief ‘No Cause for Celebration: Ageing Out of Care in Georgia  will be presented which highlights the problems of youth aging out of institutions or alternative family-based care who are not yet equipped for independent life.

Youth who left state care but continue to need support will present their problems and share experience. A short documentary about their lives will also be presented.

Every year, approximately 35-45 youth age out of state care and are left with no social support, education, a place to live or employment opportunities. Many of these young people are unable to provide for themselves and alternatively turn to  criminal activity or prostitution  to survive.

The Georgian Coalition for Child and Youth Welfare will present recommendations to service providers and decision-makers and are derived from the landscape analysis and consultations with the target groups (mainly youth committee members of the national coalition).

Over 70  stakeholders including parliamentarians, government officials, international agencies, Human Rights Defender’s office, local civil society organizations, childcare institutions and child protection specialists will attended the event.