I Matter - Leaving With Care & Support

The transition from childhood to adulthood is one of life's many challenges. For those leaving a care setting this process is especially difficult. With the I Matter campaign, SOS Children’s Villages is helping to ensure that the challenges faced by those leaving care are no greater than those of any other young adult.

Unlike many who grow up with their biological families, young people who grew up in alternative child care may face greater obstacles, as confirmed by international studies. They must often become independent at a very early age. Support is therefore required, not only in the transition from care to independent living, but in some cases for some years after. 

I Matter

Young people can play a role in shaping legislation and initiating change. The I Matter campaign is about them sharing their experiences of living in foster families, SOS families, residential care, or other forms of care to help ensure that future care leavers share the same chances of success as their peers.

Objectives of the campaign:

  • Share knowledge on leaving care
  • Empower young people with care experience
  • Improve national legislation, policy and practice on leaving care

Participating countries: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

The I Matter campaign ran from 2009 until 2013.