A two-day state orientation programme on ‘Adoption and Non-Institution Care’, organized by the Directorate of Women and Child Development was held at the Secretariat, Porvorim, recently.
After inaugurating the workshop, Labour Secretary D.C. Sahoo in his address said that working for the welfare of children is the service to the God. We should not ill treat or abuse the child as they are innocent. By adoption even if one child gets a family it would be a great achievement, he said.
State Commission for Protection of Child Right Chairperson Sameera Kazi expressed the need to work hard in the field of adoption. With adoption, a child gets all the rights like that of the biological child with which the future of the child is secure, she said.
Director of Women and Child Development Sanjiv M. Gadkar, who spoke on ‘An Overall View of adoption in Goa’ pointed out that in Goa there are many laws concerning adoption and different person follow different laws. There is no standard procedure, he said and emphasized that there should be a single legislation on adoption applicable to all including the Personal Laws so that all adoptions are monitored and procedures are standardized.
Director of Bal Asha Trust, Mumbai, Sunil Arora, did a presentation on the concept of adoption and management of adoption home including Quality Child Care (QCC).
Central Adoption Resources Agency (CARA) Deputy Director Dr. J. Pati spoke on the adoption guidelines of CARA and other laws on adoption prevalent in India. He also spoke on promoting and improving non-institutional care for children without parental care in the State. He emphasized that adoption of orphans and abandoned child is the best option for the future of the child.
Resource person Dr. Nilima Mehta spoke on the juvenile justice system, child protection and adoption issue.
The state orientation was attended by 54 participants including the members of the commission for protection of child rights, Child Welfare Committee, the representative of the three adoption agencies in Goa namely Caritas, Panjim; Matruchaya, Ponda and Missionary of Charity, Panjim; NGO’s working in the field of welfare of children such as Children’s Rights in Goa, Jan Ugahi, CHILDLINE, Nitya Seva Niketan, El Shaddai etc.
The valedictory function was attended by the Secretary for Women and Child Development, Shri V.P. Rao who appealed to all the NGO’s and the statutory bodies working in the field of welfare of children to work dedicatedly and unitedly so that Goa becomes one of the best state in the country in the services of care and welfare of child.