AP sets target of 1,000 children for adoption

Couples planning to adopt children can have their dream fulfilled soon what with the Women Development and child Welfare (WD&CW) department itself setting a target to give 1,000 children for adoption this year. It is learnt that in Andhra Pradesh, there are 1,300 applications for adoption pending and the government’s decision will benefit hundreds of orphans and half-orphans living in Child Care Institutions (CCIs) find a home.
In Andhra Pradesh, there are 32,000 children living in more than 900 registered CCIs (shelter homes). Recently, officials of the WD&CW and the juvenile welfare department conducted special drives on CCIs and identified that 2,700 children, who are fit for adoption, were staying in shelter homes for the last few years.
According to sources, unregistered homes were operating as children’s homes, without furnishing any information to the government. WD&CW special commissioner H. Arun Kumar said they were giving 120-150 children for adoption from 14 Sishu Gruhas, also known as specialised adoption agencies, run by the WD&CW department. “Now, we are planning to place the children staying in CCIs, who are legally fit for adoption, under foster care.”
Recently, the government issued a paper notification with the list of some children ready for adoption. The children were given for adoption as per the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) guidelines. “We are planning  “adoption melas” in all districts. This will prevent illegal adoptions and sale of babies. We want to ensure that the children experience the love that parents and a family offer,” Kumar added.
The top five where adoption is hassle-free in the world include South Korea, China, India, Colombia and Haiti. In India, both singles and married couples are welcome to adopt children, though age, health and income requirements exist. Children available for adoption have mild to complex special needs and are between the age of 6 months and 14 years.

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