April 2022 marked 30 years of Become, the national charity for children in care and young care leavers.
In 1992 we were established as a charity born out of Who Cares? magazine, which started in 1985. Since then, we’ve stood shoulder to shoulder with young people in care and care leavers, working hard to improve their everyday lives and future life chances.
During our 30th anniversary, we revisited some of the highlights from our 30-year history, explored what has changed during that time, and what we will continue to fight for alongside care-experienced young people.
Check out our 30th-anniversary videos, archive, content from young people and more below.
Hear from Faith Zoradey, a young care leaver who has been working on Become's archive as part of our 30th anniversary. Faith discusses how Become has championed care-experienced voices since its beginnings as the Who Cares Trust in 1992.
Faith reveals how our archives show young people being failed by the care system as they transition out of care, time and time again. Become's ‘End The Care Cliff’ campaign aims to stop support disappearing overnight at ages 18, 21 and 25 and improve the future opportunities of young care leavers.
Faith takes a look at the celebrities who have been involved with the Who Cares? Magazine and Become across the years, from Jon Snow (our former president) to the care-experienced Lemn Sissay, and even Ant and Dec. To all the celebrities who have supported the young people we have worked with - thank you.
Faith explains how not enough has changed in the care system in the past 30 years. Sadly, most children in the care system do not receive the love, stability and security they need to thrive. This must change. We need to see bold and brave recommendations from the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care that re-design the care system for future generations, and the government must then wholeheartedly commit to funding the seismic change that’s desperately needed.