Centre Issues Directions to States, UTs to Fast-Track Adoptions

Centre Issues Directions to States, UTs to Fast-Track Adoptions – States will have to register all Child Care Institutions (CCI) under the JJ Act, recognise at least one State Adoption Agency in each district, ensure registering District Child Protection Unit (DCPU) on CARINGS (Central Adoption Resource Information Guidance System).

Women and Child Development Ministry on Thursday came down heavily on state governments for going slow on adoption cases and urged them to achieve a target of 50,000 adoptions by December next year.

There were 4694, 3924 and 3988 in-country adoptions during 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 respectively and 308, 422 and 374 inter-country adoptions in the same period.

The Ministry has issued a strict deadline to the states to comply with the new guidelines, which draw support from JJ Act. The act also includes the provision of de-recognising illegal adoption centers.

“States will have to register all Child Care Institutions (CCI) under the JJ Act, recognise at least one State Adoption Agency in each district, ensure registering District Child Protection Unit (DCPU) on CARINGS (Central Adoption Resource Information Guidance System),” Union Minister Maneka Gandhi said, adding, a check of all states will be conducted in December.

Expressing concern that most states do not have Specialised Adoption Resource Agency (SARA), Gandhi said there are only 411 adoption agencies on CARA’s list with a little over 800 available children whereas around 9,000 parents are waiting to adopt a child.

“We have revised the guidelines of CARA but there were very few adoption agencies in every state. There are only 633 Child Welfare Committees (CWCs) and 278 State Adoption Agencies (SAAs) operational in 677 districts which should be otherwise one each district under the law,” she said.

The minister asked the states to ensure creation of CWCs in each of their districts and call for a regular review of their performance.

“There are certain CWCs which do not work at all and because of which adoptions are held up. As many as 3682 adoptions have been held up due to non-completion of Home Study Reports (HSR) by CWCs,” she said.

There are also only 616 District Child Protection Units (DCPUs) in the country to conduct the studies.

Source: Business Standard

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