CWC orders transfer of 25 kids from Preet Mandir

The Child Welfare Committee (CWC), responsible for the welfare of children in adoption homes, has decided to transfer the 25 children from Preet Mandir, an adoption agency that had requested for closure for non-renewal of licence. The agency had approached the CWC for rehabilitation of the children.

Newsline had highlighted the issue about the agency writing to the Women and Child Development Department to transfer the kids and the department earlier mentioning that since the session was on, no decision was taken. The CWC after hearing the issue has decided that since the children are in between the age of 3.5-11 years, they should not unnecessarily suffer due to procedural delays.

CWC member Anita Vipat said that since the home also had special children, they had written to the homes which can cater to the needs of these children. The CWC has already requested Pune-based adoption agencies: Sofosh and Bharatiya Samaj Seva Kendra (BSSK) and Mahila Sevagram to visit the agency and they have also written to homes in the state which cater to special kids. "While the government is yet to accept the closure letter, in our meeting we decided to take the responsibility of the kids. We have asked the agencies to take on these kids," said Vipat.

Managing trustee R Bhatia of the Balwant Kartar Foundation that runs the adoption agency said, "The move will help these children as they will be taken up for foreign adoption." Another trust member P Sharma said he was happy that the CWC had taken note of the issue.

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