Sunday, 28 February 2016

Adoption & CWC Role

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Sent Friday, February 19, 2016 10:48 AM
Subject:  Adoption & CWC Role”:

Good Morning,
We would like to know few procedures about the role of Child Welfare Committee in Adoption case.

Thanking you,

Chairperson & Members.

Child Welfare Committee,
Visakhapatnam District. A.P

Procedure to be followed by CWC:
Any child who is legally free to be adopted and is below 18 years, CWC to ensure that such children are immediately placed in children home with a license/SAA to undertake adoption.
No child shall be offered for adoption
1. Till the two months period for reconsideration by the parent is over in the case of surrendered children, and
2. without her/his consent in the case of a child who can understand and express her/his consent.
Issues relating to transfer an orphan, abandoned or surrendered child shall be placed as far as possible with the nearest LAPA/SAA by an order of the CWC. All transfers shall be carried out as per S. 57 of the JJ Act 2006. SAA/LAPA may transfer a child to another of its branch within the State provided that the branch to which the child is being transferred has an independent license and the CWC has declared the child free for adoption and issued a transfer order. It is the role of the CWC to review whether adequate efforts have been made for adoption of the child by that branch, or to find a suitable adoption agency within the district, prior to issuing such a transfer order. If there are older children who have not been adopted – (particularly when the child declared legally free for adoption by the CWC is above 6 years and the agency where the child is placed has a license to keep children for adoption up to 6 years of age only), the CWC should take stock of the efforts made by that agency, and transfer such a child to another home with a license for adoption for older children so as to address the age specific rehabilitation needs of the child. Likewise for older children and special needs children, if Indian adoptive parents have not been found, it is necessary that such children are placed in Recognized International Placement Agency (RIPA) that are licensed for inter-country adoption, as per CARA guidelines notified by Govt. of India.
Transfer of the child from one institution to another, should be accompanied by available documents pertaining to his or her admission, preliminary case history, documentary evidence to prove that the child is legally free for adoption, and a permission letter for transfer of the child. The SAA/RIPA/Children Home with license for adoption shall verify all the facts before accepting the child, as it is legally responsible for the placement of the child. If the child’s parents are dead or deserted and the child has been placed by the child’s guardian or family member in the JJ System for care and protection through the CWC, it must be noted that such a child is not an orphan (see definition above). He/she cannot be declared legally free for adoption, until the relative or guardian surrenders the child or gives their consent to declare the child legally free for adoption.

Thanking you…..

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