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There are approximately 18000 parents registered with CARA, while the number of children in the Government's adoption pool is less 1800.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Proof that incentives do promote adoptions

Republic of South Korea has announced that their domestic adoptions have surpassed inter-country adoptions in many years.

Between January to June of 2007, 60% total number of adoptions were done domestically. This is attributed to new laws (to promote domestic adoptions) and the tax incentives.

South Korea has ratified the UN Convention on the righs of the child (UNCRC) on the 20th December, 1991 which explicitly states that inter-country adoptions must be pursued only as an alternative after the efforts to find a home domestically are exhausted.

This is an example that appropriate laws and tax incentives will help promote domestic adoptions. India too has ratified UNCRC on 11th January 1993 yet the efforts to promote domestic adoptions seem to be very minimal and some measures implicitly appear to be counter-productive.

Government can consider options such as integrating the message of adoption into family planning. This requires a major shift in government policies and obvioulsy that requires will power in policy makers.

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