Parenting a child with one’s heart, soul, and spirit is the most beautiful life journey a person can ever undertake. Parenting is more of a cultivated art than a biological inheritance and its scope is immense. Family life, for all of us, is a sacred domain. For the child, the family offers a model for identification, a source of protection and a target of attachment. What brings about long-term bonding and promotes the emotional well-being of the child is love, patience and commitment.
All children have the right to a healthy, happy and fulfilling life. Children can’t wait for help in times of crisis. We need to work to help children in crisis to rebuild their lives. Somebody rightly said, “You give a person unconditional love and they blossom.” Children deserve to spend their days in well-designed environments that support their needs and stimulate their learning. Adoption can be a most beautiful solution not only for childless couples and single people but also for homeless children. It enables a parent-child relationship to be established between persons not biologically related.
Given the ethical and legal imperatives involved, child protection is considered a non-negotiable condition for every civilised country. It is up to all of us to ensure our children grow up in environments that build confidence, friendship, security and happiness, irrespective of a person’s family circumstances or background.
This volume explores the current issues surrounding the adoption of orphaned, abandoned and surrendered children in India. It presents a chronology of documents, milestones in adoption history and practices. It touches upon various child-sensitive interventions which are important components to strengthen child welfare systems in a developing country like India. The volume deals with some of the best practices related to the protection and rehabilitation of children in need of care and protection.
There are innumerable vulnerable children without families. Large numbers of such children do not reach adoption agencies or child-care institutions; thus they cannot benefit from the system.
The separation of a child from an adult(s) is the worst form of neglect and this is happening all around us. Love, care and commitment matter while dealing with vulnerable children. We are all at different levels in our understanding of what it means to respect the rights of children; it is an evolving process. Every child has the right to a full and productive life.
Children have the right to safety, security and development. Each child has the right to a loving and caring family. The neglect of a child is a loss to society as a whole. This volume will provide service providers and child welfare practitioners an easy reference when considering adoption under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 (J J Act, 2015). This volume covers multiple issues related to evolving a formal adoption programmeme in the country, child-care and rehabilitation priorities, best practices for children having special needs and an online adoption system. It also contains important information on adoption counselling, attachment issues, preparing Home Study Reports and Child Study Reports (CSR), etc. Besides this, it contains information on child protection (a glossary), information for prospective adoptive parents to get themselves familiar with the process of adoption.
This volume is an important guide for adoption service providers and child care institutions who bear the ultimate responsibility for taking care of the children while they are in the institution. It would be useful for all child protection officials appointed under the Integrated Child Protection Scheme, members of Child Welfare Committees (CWCs), adoption service providers, their social workers and schools or departments of social work under various universities imparting degrees on social work. This book is one of many attempts to spread the cause of awareness on adoption and how adoptions can be handled in a manner following strict ethical standards. This is a scholarly work; no way can be treated as views of the Government or any authority. Updated information may be accessed from relevant websites as indicated in the volume. Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) is now known as Child Protection Services (PCS) by the central government and the text may be read accordingly.