Nagaland among first States to start linkage child adoption

Nagaland among first States  to start linkage child adoption
Noke Konyak launching the video and radio jingles at Kohima, Friday (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, AUG 31 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/31/2018 12:55:36 PM IST

Nagaland is among the first States in India to start linkage adoption from the over 60 childcare institutions linked to specialised adoption agencies (SAAs) spread across the country. Linkage adoption is where childcare agencies and adoption agencies work together to find homes for children who need one.

Child Protection Services (CPS) director Chubainla Jamir stated this during the launch of radio and video jingles at secretariat conference hall here on Friday.

The radio and video jingles, which was officially launched by social welfare advisor Noke Konyak, will be used in advertisements for radio and visual media, propagating legal and safe child adoption practices.

In her presentation, the CPS director said State Adoption Resource Agency (SARA) was the executive arm of the State government for promotion, facilitation, monitoring and regulation of adoption programme in the State.

Jamir said some interventions and initiatives taken by the SARA included restoring children, who came under the childcare institutions, back to their biological parents.

She claimed that children who were without proper parental and at risk of landing up in children homes or as domestic helpers and child labours were also assisted through the intervention of SARA under non-institutional care services, while several trafficked victims were also rescued and repatriated.

Jamir added that SAAs in Nagaland, with the help of SARA, were also providing care, support and counselling to mothers, especially young girls, to give their children for adoption instead of aborting their foetuses.

She revealed that 85% of adoption in Nagaland was by local Naga parents, adding that an adoption resource book would be published soon.

Jamir said a child could be adopted from adoption agencies like Radiant Educational Society, Kohima Orphanage and Destitute home, John 3:16 at Mon and Wondang-Ki Charitable Foundation, Dimapur. 

In her opening remark, social welfare secretary and CPS chairman Sarah R Ritse said adoption was an act of love, but the legal process had to be followed. She added that according to the Juvenile Justice Act, adoption was the process through which the adopted child was permanently separated from his biological parents and became a legitimate child of his adoptive parents with all rights, privileges and responsibilities attached to the relationship

Underling the functioning of SARA, the secretary explained that it primarily dealt with adoption of orphans, surrender and abandoned children, asserting that the agency was doing exceptionally well in Nagaland since its inception in 2010.

Ritse informed the gathering there was altogether 120 adoptions, out of which 110 were in-country adoptions (from April 2010 till date) and 10 inter-country adoptions (from 2015 till date), adding that most of adoptive parents were Nagas.

She said the Nagaland customary practice of adoption was very much relevant and the procedure too was very simple, but the social department was trying to spread awareness among the public that adoption should be done as per the juvenile justice system to ensure a secure and safe future for children as well as their adoptive parents

A short video on child adoption produced by Dreamz Unlimited was also presented on the occasion.

Social welfare department officials and staff, among others, attended the programme. 


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