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State Adoption Resource Agency (SARA)

 

 

 

State Adoption Resource Agency (SARA):

 

        In order to support CARA in promoting in-country adoption and regulating inter-country adoption, ICPS provides for establishing of a State Adoption Resources Agency(SARA) in every State/UT as a unit under the SCPS, to coordinate, monitor and develop the work of adoption and render secretarial and administrative assistance. SARA Shall liaison with DCPU at District levels and provide technical support to the child Welfare Committees in carrying out the process of rehabilitation and social rein.

 Family based Non - Institutional Care through Sponsorship, Foster-Care, Adoption and After-Care

 

Adoption Programme:

      Growing up in a family system is the right of every child. Family atmosphere enables the baby to have the necessary love and care. In this regard the adoption process is an appropriate program that helps the orphan, abandoned and destitute children rehabilitate. The adoption program is helping to provide a permanent family arrangement to these children by providing biological caregivers. Karnataka is ranked 2nd in adoption in the country in 2017-18 and 2018-19. Upto March 2019, 229 children were adopted in-country and 44 children adopted for inter-country. In the current phase, the new 4 special adoption centres have been started in Chikkaballapur, Chitradurga, Chamarajanagar and Tumkur districts. On the one hand, unwanted babies are born, whereas on the other hand, there are many who are in the expectation of a baby. As observed by the government, parents facing difficulties abandon the babies in trash bins, road side, near bunds, in thorny bushes,  under the seats in buses, in trains, at the hospital, drainage, where babies die due to attack by street dogs, mice and other venomous animals. Looking in to this, the "Cradle of Love" is arranged to keep the children abandoned by parents. These cradles are kept in all the Children’s Homes, special adoption centers and Hospitals  in the state and have taken action to make the public aware of the benefits of this system.

        The two posters of uniform type about cradle of love were prepared and sent to all the District Children's Protection Officers by the Society to prevent the illegal adoption process and to adopt the children as per law. All District Children's Protection Officers have been instructed to inform the hospital staff through awareness programs and the posters are displayed with the aim of keeping them in special adoption centers, at home and public hospitals. A book named ‘Bench Book for Adoption’ which has information on the adoption process has been issued through the Karnataka State Legal Services Authority to the Chief District and Sight Courts, to facilitate the disposal of cases under admissions to the adjournment order for adoption in court within the time limit. The special adoption agency operates 24 districts in the state and in the rest of the 06 districts do not function.

Foster Care: -

 

      The main aim of the programme is to provide temporary and alternative family care; love and affection to the  children who cannot be placed in adoption due to various healths issues and to minimize the institutionalization for children. Central government issued the Foster Care Guidelines on 2016. State government also following the same Foster Care Guidelines. Till the framing of new Foster Care Rules, State government will follow the Central government Foster Care Guidelines State issued the notification on 26/09/2017.

A meeting was convened on 28.09.2018 for formulating rules and regulations. Further, action is being taken to organise training to all District Child Protection Officers through video conferencing. The video conference was organized on 13-02-2019 to effectively implement the parenting plan.

 

Sponsorship program: -

      State government has started this programme during 2006-07 to reduce the   institutional care for children and encourage them to grow in a family environment and avoid the exploitation by providing financial support to the family. Selected child is given Rs.1000/-p.m. through RTGS under this programme and the amount can be used for health, treatment, nutrition and education of the children. This financial assistance to children helps to continue education. For the financial year 2017-18, 4200 children have been released Rs.300.00 lakhs and 3217 beneficiaries have been identified for 2018-19.

 

After Care Services:

       If the Child Welfare Committee is convinced that the child requires some more time for social integration into the community or for any other reasons, at the time of discharge from children homes after completion of 18 years child will be sent to After Care institution. Boys are admitted to After Care Home for Men and Girls to State Home for Women. One  After Care Home functioning at present at Belgaum and two After Care Units attached to Children Home for Boys and Children Home for Mentally Challenged Boys at Bangalore is running effectively. The State Homes are functioning in Bangalore (U), Bellary Dharwad, Davanagere, Shimogga, Kalaburgi, Mysore and Udupi districts. These Homes encourage them to pursue education in higher studies, ITI, Polytechnic and Colleges and also help them to secure a job, mainly to bring them to the main stream of society which ensures financial sustainability and life settlement. 62 Boys are provided this facility up to the end of March-2019.

 

OTHER PROGRAMMES AND ACTIVITIES.

  1. Care, Support, and Rehabilitation Services.
  2. Child Help Line:

        1098 Child Line is a National free emergency phone outreach service for children in Distress.  The toll free number can be accessed by public to help children. In 1999 India Government has started Child Line India Foundation by public required help to children access to this safety net and linkage to long term rehabilitations in Karnataka. Child Line is working in 28 districts with the support of 58 Stake Holders. Action has been initiated to start child line in kolar and udupi districts. State Level Child Line Advisory Board has been constituted as per Government Order No.: MaMaE 33 Mabhaba 2016, Bangalore, dated: 21/04/2016 and accordingly 2nd meeting was presided over by the Chief Secretary of the department on 30.11.2018. The District Level Child Line Advisory Board is headed by the Deputy Commissioner of the respective district and a meeting of the Child Line Advisory Council has been held in 14 districts. Action is underway to conduct meeting in the remaining 14 districts. A total of 691418  calls were received through the Child Helpline during the year 2018-19, and the details of the children who received the facilities from Childline India Foundation is as below.

      

Details of calls received in 2018-19

 

Medical

2092

Refuge

1840

Rehabilitation

3292

Protection from abuse, harassment, offences

12192

Children under conflict

32

Sponsorship

1109

Calls from parents for assistance

778

Lost child identified

762

Emotional support and guidance

3165

Other Intervention calls

5327

Information

20511

Other calls

640318

Total calls

691418

 

  1. Missing Child Bureau Karnataka

        As per the provisions of Juvenile Justice Act 2000 and Rules 2002 Missing Child Bureau has been established and BOSCO has been nominated as the State Nodal Agency in order to carry out its functions. At present MCB is functioning in 25 districts and initiated action to search the missing  child. Main objective of MCB are:

 

  • Find effective solution to the problem of missing children by creating a Networking with all agencies and departments. 
  • To reduce the number of cases of missing children.
  • Develop a mechanism to deal with the problem and Establishing a System for collection, collation and sharing of information about missing children and facilitating faster communication in order to identify, trace and repatriate them with their family by using effective Tools and Strategies.

                     

Details of missing children's cases (by end of March) in 2019

 

 

No. of missing children

 

No. of children detected

 

No. of unidentified children

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

532

588

314

361

218

227

1120

675

445

 

Child Tracking System

 

       The comprehensive child protection plan is an important scheme of the Central Government, which focuses on the conservation of children as the main objective of the project, as well as preventing abuse, negligence, and abandonment of children in a variety of situations.And to create a mechanical tracking system about missing children. The Central ministry for Women and Child Development has developed a software that includes information to help detect missing children in collaboration with the National Information Center. The software can provide real information about the missing children as well as the method by which missing children have been protected.

 

Last Updated: 20-07-2019 04:45 PM Updated By: Admin



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