17 children shifted from Preet Mandir to 3 adoption agencies
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The Child Welfare Committee (CWC) has shifted out 17 children from Preet Mandir — an adoption agency that had requested for closure last year. The agency had approached the CWC, which shifted out the children as part of its rehabilitation process. As many as 24 children were rehabilitated to various adoption homes.
CWC member Anita Vipat said they followed up with different adoption agencies in the city and state. "We were able to shift seven children to Bharatiya Samaj Seva Kendra (BSSK) and six to Society of Friends of Sassoon Hospital (SOFOSH). Four children, who are above the age of seven, were shifted to Mahila Sevagram,'' she said.
With seven more children remaining — including those with special needs — the CWC is in talks with a Solapur agency. Vipat said the aim is to rehabilitate all children so that they can be adopted. Currently, there are six girls and one boy left at the centre.
Trust member Pankaj Sharma said they want to rehabilitate all children in the best possible manner. "CWC has taken the initiative and the children have been rehabilitated well,'' he said.
Newsline had highlighted the issue about the agency writing to the Women and Child Development (WCD) Department to transfer the kids and the department mentioning that since the session was on, no decision was taken. The CWC then decided that since the children are in between the age of 3.5-11, they should not unnecessarily suffer due to procedural delays.
Vipat said they had written to the homes which can cater to the needs of the special children. The CWC had requested SOFOSH, BSSK and Mahila Sevagram to visit the agency, and they had written to homes in the state which cater to special kids.
The agency had requested for closure as it does not have foreign adoption and in-country licences. However, the WCD Department forwarded the case to the state government.