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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Guest column - CARA Dy. Director

As part of our ‘Guest Column’ series, Indi(AA)doption has reached Deputy Director of CARA Dr. Jagannath Pati. Most of the questions asked are done so with the future of adoptions in mind and so you find them being general in nature specific to adoption.

Here are the questions and Dr. Jagannath Pati’s answers:

What is one important change that you would expect to see in ICPS (Integrated Child Protection Scheme) as far as adoptions are concerned compared to the current adoption guidelines?

I expect more children to be in the adoption loop.

When should adoptive parents expect ICPS to be implemented and what precautions to be followed by those families that are already in the process?

The Ministry is preparing the cabinet note for ICPS and broadly there will be no change of the adoption procedure.

Under ICPS, what kind of changes to be expected in Shishu Greh scheme?

There will be child protection service at the district level so that there can be close monitoring of the activities of various agencies and authorities. The system will be improved.

What are the new initiatives that the government of India is undertaking to promote domestic adoptions in India?

ICPS, new Guideliones, online database and strengthening of CARA etc.

Considering the fewer number of children available for adoption being reported from many parts of India, when do you think Indians will start doing inter-country adoptions?

We have several gaps in the adoption system now. Both incountry and intercountry adoptions will increase after ICPS and online data( being fine tuned). We have 20 percent data on the national portal from our RIPAs. We want to make it 100 percent before 1.1.2009.

How do you personally envision the scene of adoption be in the year 2020?

We cannot predict the scene by 2020 right now.

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