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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

How to become a 'Fit Person' to do foster care in India? (Q and A)

I want to become a 'Fit Person' to do foster care in India and I would like to know how to become one?

Rule 35 of the JJ Act says this:

35. Criteria for selection of families for foster care:

(1) In case of the children covered under rule 34 of these rules, the following criteria shall apply for selection of families for foster care, namely:-

(i) Foster parents should have stable emotional adjustment within the family.

(ii) Foster parents should have an income in which they are able to meet the needs of the child and or not dependent on the foster care maintainance payment.

(iii) The monthly family income shall be adequate to take care of foster children and approved the Child Welfare Committe (CWC)

(iv) Medical reports of all the members of the family residing in the premises should be obtained including checks on HIV virus, TB and Hepatitis B to determine that they are medically fit.

(v) The foster should have experience in child caring and the capacity to provide good child care.

(vi) Foster parents should be physically/ mentally and emotionally stable

(vii) The Home should have adquate space and basic facilities

(viii) The foster care family should be willing to follow rules laid down including regular visits to pediatrician, maintainance of child health and their records.

(ix) The family should be willing to sign an agreement and to return the child to the speciallized adoption agency whenever call to do so.

(x) Foster parents should be willing to attend training or orientation programs and

(xi) The foster parents should be willing to take the child for regular (at least once a month in the case of infants) check ups to pediatrician approved by the agency.

(2) There shall be no discrimination in selection of foster parents on the basis of caste, religion ethinic status, disability or health status and the best interest of the child shall be paramount in deciding foster care placement.

(3) Foster parents shall be declared (fit persons) by the committee before placing the child as per the provisions laid down in clause (i) section 2 of the act after thorough assessment done by the child welfare officer or social worker as per form XVI.

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