18+ We are still here with you
Children growing up in care institutions in Sri Lanka are compelled by the country's law to leave their care homes by age 18. There are currently over 14,000 children in over 400 child care institutions in the country. But what happens to these youth once they leave care?? Where do they go? What do they do? Are they safe? Who's there to guide or support them? Unfortunately, there is no proper mechanism in the country to support this vulnerable group of youth who become invisible once they leave the care system. SOS Children's Villages Sri Lanka calls all stakeholders, both State and non-State, to join hands to build support systems for youth leaving care, and ensure that this generation of young people are seen, heard and treated as equal citizens with equal rights.