Workshop on Adoption Regulation 2017 held at Chintan Bhawan

Gangtok, 22 Mar [IPR]: With an aim to familiarize officials on processes and extant rules on child adoption, a two-day workshop on Adoption Regulation 2017 was held at Chintan Bhawan today. The programme was attended by Additional Secretary cum Director, ICPS, SJE&WD, Dushyant Pariyaar, Sub Divisional Magistrates, representatives and officials from four District Administration Centres, officials from SJE&WD, representatives from SARA, ICPS, Child Welfare Committee [CWC] and Panchayats.

The workshop was organized by the State Adoption Resource Agency [SARA] in collaboration with the Central Adoption Resource Authority [CARA] and Integrated Child Protection Schemes [ICPS], Social Justice Empowerment & Welfare Department.

Resource person from CARA, Neelam Saket, highlighted the guidelines and other legal procedures in place for adoption of abandoned children under the Adoption Regulation 2017.

She informed that there are two categories of children – those who have been orphaned and the other being abandoned children.

It is the CWC which declares a child legally free for adoption and the child is then given for adoption only through the Specialised Adoption Agency [SAA] to parents who have registered with the Child Adoption Resource Information and Guidance System [CARINGS] web-portal, she detailed.

“Adoption is comparatively new in India, and we have to strengthen the adoption programme under Juvenile Justice Act. I hope this workshop will be fruitful and will help stakeholders to strengthen the adoption programme,” said Ms Saket.

Another resource person, Sadaf Nazneen, who is also the State Coordinator of Sikkim, CARA spoke on the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders while adopting orphaned and abandoned children to Prospective Adoptive Parent [PAP].

Ms Nazneen conducted the technical session and explained how to navigate the CARINGS portal.

CARINGS is a centralized web-based management information system for facilitating the adoption process.

Ms Nazneen said, “District Child Protection Units [DCPU] have to monitor whether SAA is working properly or not to make the adoption process smooth and it is their duty to engage all the stakeholders during the process of adopting abandoned children.”

SAA Coordinator, Namchi, South district, Zebanoor Ansari, spoke on adoption issues faced by specialized adoption agencies in the different districts of the State.