WITH a background of being raised in residential care, Ntombi Qoyi of Lousiana said she feels that it is important for every child to be brought up in a safe and secure family. These are her words as she prepares for her trip to London on April 14 to be part of a meeting between Commonwealth Heads of Government alongside her colleagues from the Transform alliance Africa at the Commonwealth Youth Forum, starting on April 16 to 18. Qoyi will be representing young people who grew up in institutional care and says she is hoping that the meeting will have a positive impact in the community.“At this meeting I will get the opportunity to connect with other young people from all over the world and share common challenges and solutions,” she said. “Young people with experience in institutional care will have their voices heard, especially the injustice of growing up without family connections, which I feel needs to change.Qoyi said she was removed from her dysfunctional family at the age of nine and lived a nomadic, unattached life for nine years. She said the reason she was removed from her family was because her mother was incapable of caring for her at the time, however, she believes with the right sort of assistance, her situation could have been handled differently. Qoyi said this still affects the way she relates to her family.She said she has a strong belief that most families would not relinquish their children if they are afforded an opportunity or given the right support.Currently Qoyi is working with protective behaviours for children in schools and surroundings through Give a Child a Family (GCF) and also possesses a psychology qualification. She said she chose to study psychology because she wanted to help people become emotionally healthy. She said at this point, her career is still in progress and her wish is to help people with similar experiences. “Raising a child in a safe and secure family will help them to be functional around people, enabling them to carry that through onto the generations to come.” she said.