Adoption agencies ignore children after adoption
Thrissur: There have been lapses in ensuring safety and healthy future for adopted children in Kerala. Many of the approved adoption agencies take the stand that they have no responsibility after the couples leave with the children. They also do not follow the rules and regulations of adoption laws. The government also does not take any action to tackle these matters. Though adoption has been transparent after the law was implemented, its follow-up procedures are inefficient.
The adoption agency needs to conduct enquiry once in every six months for two years. The protection assessment report and home study report are prepared and sent to various departments under the state and central government that functions in connection with child protection. Also they need to conduct annual family meets. However, these recommendations are not carried out properly.
Many of the adoption agencies do not know the accurate figures of families which have adopted children and the present background of the adopted children. Even the children of other states reach Kerala through legal adoption. Kerala Adoptive Families Organization (KAFO) demand that follow-up observations should be made compulsory as many cases of trafficking children to foreign countries and trading them for money are reported.
Biju Prabhakar, special secretary of the Department of Women and Child Development, said they have started taking actions to resolve the drawbacks of adoption agencies. It has been planned to set up adoption centres in every district under the child welfare committee in order to hand over the children after proper enquiries and to carry out follow-up observations, he said.