Welcome to our truly international ExChange Wales spring conference series 2023!  It takes a village: Global perspectives on care-experienced parents is being delivered in partnership with the International Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood from Care (INTRAC).

Care leavers’ transition to parenthood is one of the most challenging transitions in their life. Having limited support during this time seems to increase the difficulties they face.  This conference will share current research from around the world on this theme and generate dialogue between academics, practitioners and policymakers at a global level. 

The conference includes live and pre-recorded sessions from the USA, Australia, Israel, South Africa, Ghana, Uganda, Italy and Wales.  For a full description of the individual sessions, view the presentation abstracts. 

Learn more about each event with our abstract document

Welcome to the conference

Introduction to the conference
Louise Roberts

Live sessions

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


14:30pm (GMT) – 09:30am(EST)

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


9:00am (GMT) – 20:00pm (AEDT)

Recorded presentations

Early pregnancy and parenting among young women who have left care in Ghana and Uganda

Kwabena Frimpong-Manso

Releasing 20th February 2023

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

Releasing 23rd February 2023

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

Releasing 27th February 2023

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

Releasing 2nd March 2023

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

Releasing 13th March 2023

Empowering Young Parents in Out-of-Home Care: A Good Practice Charter and Supporting Resources

Louise Roberts, Rachael Vaughan and Dawn Mannay

Releasing 14th March 2023

Blogs – Parent stories

My name is Syd

Releasing 17th February

My name is Daniele

Releasing 22nd February

My name is Gillian

Releasing 27th February

My name is Orges

Releasing 1st March

My name is Harriet

Releasing 2nd March

My name is Maria

Releasing 11th March

My name is Jen

Releasing 13th March

My name is Erika

Releasing 15th March


Release of Barnardo’s Resource page

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