Blogger, YouTuber and care leaver Jojo shares his experience of getting the keys to his own place and living independently at 16. In this video, he shares his top tips for moving out and attending college, including how to combat loneliness, where to access support, and how to plan ahead for your dream job. Follow […]
In this video, care leaver and foster care advocate Sophia watches the 2004 CBBC film, ‘Tracy Beaker: The Movie of Me’ for the first time, and asks the question, “Just how accurate is this”? Follow Sophia on Twitter @sophiahallsax.
Freya spent her teenage years moving around the care system. In this video, she answers your questions about her life in care open and honestly. She tells us about her experience of the fostering system, and ‘spills the tea’ on the pros and cons of being in care as a teenager.
We invited care leavers from across the country to come together virtually during the lockdown to create a collaborative poem about how they define care. Here is the result. #definecare Foster care is nothing like Tracey Beaker Social workers changing all the time Having to tell my story again and again Authors of no authority, […]
This blog was written by Casey, a 20-year-old care experienced advocate. You can follow her on Twitter, and read more from her on her website. My Twitter feed seems to be bombarded with questions such as “what can we do to help care leavers?”, “what struggles are care leavers facing?”, “who is not being heard?” – and […]
Luke has lived in a children’s home for just over 18 months, around 126 miles from his family. In this animation, he talks about opening up to the people around him, and he shares his advice for those entering care for the first time.
As someone who grew up in care, I’m used to people telling me they have low expectations for me or those around me. In fact, my care records are a catalogue of comments turning my behaviour into problems. I didn’t always notice it at the time, but when I read my care records and noticed […]
IMO exists to celebrate the achievements of teens in care and care leavers, and to share your stories, experiences and advice with others in a similar situation. We want to challenge perceptions about the care system, and raise the aspirations and ambitions of people with care experience. We recently asked teens in care and care […]
My name is Ria, and I’m 20 years old. I’m a care leaver councillor, I’m a member of a Corporate Parenting Board, and I advocate for children in care and care leaver teams to the board as a young person with disabilities. I’m also an artist. I usually work in a two-dimensional format using paint, […]
I’d always loved writing stories when I was a child – so much so, that I used to get in trouble for writing rather than doing my schoolwork. But after I entered foster care, I stopped writing – it was too hard. I had lost interest in everything. I stopped caring about myself and my […]