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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.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Why do you predict more adoptions? (Q and A)

Why do you predict that there’ll be more children available for adoption when we already have millions of children languishing in orphanages?

Currently so few children enter adoption stream (but you hear all the time about the millions of orphan children languishing in the children's homes) because there's no substantive program/ scheme to promote adoption. In children's homes there are children who have no one but unfortunately they are older children while there are children that are cared for in the children's homes while their guardians are elderly grandparents. If only someone helps them (grandparents for example) to understand that children might have a better future if they can be given for foster care/ adoption to grow in a home, they might consider it but right now there are no lawful programs to promote such activities.

Government of India is coming up with a scheme called "Integrated Child Protection Scheme" to implement the JJ Act which is very progressive and forward looking.

What this scheme is going to do is this: Apart from promoting adoption on large scale as a viable option for anyone (including biological parents) it is going to encourage children's homes to find children that have no one to put them up for adoption. To implement this (non-institutional care), there's going to be an officer at a district level (country in the US) in all the districts in the entire country and they'll be paid by the government. These officers have to report to the higher officers at the state and federal level.

Please note that this scheme can only be implemented by the states only if and when they sign the memorandum of understanding with the federal government which promises to give 90% of funding to implement the scheme.

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