It takes a village: Global perspectives about care-experienced parents

In February and March 2023 our spring conference series was dedicated to the experiences and outcomes of care-experienced parents.

Delivered in partnership between Exchange Wales and INTRAC, It takes a village: Global perspectives on care-experienced parents shared current research from around the world and generated dialogue between academics, practitioners and policymakers at a global level. 

The conference series was organised by members of the Special Interest Thematic Group, Care Leavers as Parents. For further information on the group, please visit

Below you will find links to all of the conference submissions, including blogs from parents, research presentations and a resource page.


Introduction to the conference, Louise Roberts


Exploring the State of Early Parenthood Among Youth in and Aging-Out of Foster Care, Svetlana Shpiegel, Amy Dworsky, Elizabeth Aparicio

Joint webinar:
Housing needs among care-experienced young parents in New South Wales, Australia, Amy Gill

‘People talk at you, not to you’: Implications of routine practices in alternative care for young, pregnant and parenting teens, Jade Purtell


Early pregnancy and parenting among young women who have left care in Ghana and Uganda, Kwabena Frimpong-Manso

Constructing the zero family: breaking the intergenerational transmission of maltreatment from the perspective of care-experienced parents, Diletta Mauri

Motherhood as a Pathway to Resilience: Young Women’s experiences of Motherhood after Leaving Residential Care in South Africa, Joyce Hlungwani

Ten years later: Satisfaction with intimate relationships and parenthood of young people ageing out of residential care, Tehila Refaeli

Communities of Support for Care-Experienced Mothers, Stacey Marie Page, Amy Gill and Melissa Hairston

Empowering Young Parents in Out-of-Home Care: A Good Practice Charter and Supporting Resources, Louise Roberts, Rachael Vaughan and Dawn Mannay


My name is Syd

My name is Daniele

My name is Gillian

My name is Orges

My name is Harriet

My name is Maria

My name is Jen

My name is Erika


Barnardo’s Care Journeys


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