There are a lot of posts circulating in the past few days on social media regarding adoption of children who lost their parents to COVID-19 or are struggling to support themselves due to the illness.
Adoption is a legal process and regulated by Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA). At the State level the adoption process is regulated by State Adoption Resource Authority (SARA) Any child found in difficult circumstances should be reported to the Child Welfare Committees in the respective district or to Childline (1098)
Such posts of adoption of children are illegal and an offence and often part of trafficking for begging or prostitution or child labour.
The Goa Pro Child Network (GPCN) would like to alert the citizens to be vigilant, not to fall prey to these posts and misinformation. GPCN is a network of civil society organizations and child rights advocates, working for protection of children in the state.