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ADVOCACY, RESEARCH & TRAINING (ART)

Udayan Care advocates for children’s rights in alignment with the Constitution of India, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in its programs, as well as through its efforts in advocacy, research and training (ART).

Our advocacy is geared towards orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children in India. We believe in people-centered advocacy that encourages organizations and members of civil society to take responsibility to improve the situation of children. ART amplifies the work Udayan Care does for child care at global, national, and local levels.

With the support of UNICEF and state governments of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, Udayan Care is working on developing models of alternative care.

• Influence policy and decision makers through seminars, workshops, consultations and networking to discuss different aspects of alternative care

• Provide training to stakeholders for better standards of care in alternative care practices

• Support evidence based child/youth care models and relay information to improve standards of care

• Research and publications: Udayan Care undertakes research and small-scale studies that bring the voices of children, youths, and stakeholders together and makes recommendations for care reform

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LEARNING IN FELLOWSHIP TOGETHER

*Care leavers are young adults coming out of child care institutions after turning 18 years-old.

LIFT is a one-year fellowship focused on developing and nurturing care leavers* as agents of change, working towards improving the overall situation of leaving care in India. The initiative — in partnership with UNICEF — was created in 2021 to enable care leavers to reach for their dreams and in turn give back to society by helping others.

The fellowship aims to be a stepping stone for care leavers in their own personal growth as well as bridging the existing gaps in society, by equipping them with suitable skills to navigate through obstacles and overcome them. LIFT participants explore real-life circumstances of young people who have lived in child care institutions and address the transition challenges. The academic curriculum includes a hands-on community project to design innovative solutions for the care leavers community in India. 

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FiT FAMILIES TOGETHER

During the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of rapid restorations were made in India where children were sent back to their families from child care institutions. Many of them were reunited with their parents, and a few of them were provided alternative care options like adoption and foster care. During this time, social welfare investigations into the conditions of the families were not undertaken for the most part. Measures to follow-up were by and large absent, increasing the risk of children separating from their families again.

To prevent this, Udayan Care initiated the Families Together program in September 2021. It started with a small pilot project in Delhi, aiming in the long run to establish a demonstrable and scalable model of supporting families to care for their children, preventing unnecessary separation. Social welfare checks are conducted and documented to ensure the safety of the children. 

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