Acknowledgements This report could not have been written without the hard work and support of many people involved in this research. First of all, we would like to thank all those who have participated in this research, particularly the young women and young men who have made this research a success by sharing much of their time and energy with us, alongside their other activities and responsibilities. In addition, we wish to thank the care staff, teachers, (future) employers, health workers, government representatives and others across the six countries for sharing their views and experiences with the research team. We wish to express our gratitude for the enthusiasm and commitment of the SOS Netherlands office, especially Stefan van der Swaluw and Anja de Boer, for commissioning this research, and to the SOS country directors and their respective national and village teams in CĂ´te dâ€™Ivoire, Guatemala, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi and the organisation Spirit in the Netherlands. We are also grateful for the support of our local researchers and assistants in the study countries: Ibtissam Ouaali, Sofni Lubis, Juan Ramon Fuentes, Lucy Adoyo, Deogracious Kalima Benjamin, Christian Aboua, Cecile Kofi and the involvement of our students Karel van Dam, Averill Daly and Sanita Lielbarde. Many thanks go to Miranda Evans, who inputted and analysed the quantitative data for this research in all six countries, and who was always on hand for help and advice. Thanks also go to the staff at the care organisations outside of SOS in the study countries where we conducted interviews (who will remain unnamed for reasons of anonymity), who put us in contact with young people and supported the research process. The study has benefited from the input of all those mentioned above. Any errors and omissions are the responsibility of the authors of the report.