188 Children Of Odisha Found Adoptive Homes In 2022-23 Fiscal, Says Minister

Bhubaneswar: As many as 188 children of Odisha found adoptive homes in 2022-23 financial year, said Basanti Hembram, Minister of Women and Child Development Department on Wednesday.

She was speaking at a programme organised to mark National Adoption Awareness Month in Bhubaneswar. “The state government has facilitated adoption of children through 33 specialised adoption agencies across 28 districts.  In 2023-24 fiscal, 130 children have been adopted till October 31,” she said at the programme, organised by State Adoption Resource Agency under the aegis of the department.

The objective of the programme was to promote adoption of older children, especially in the age group of 6-18 years, and familiarise the adoption process as well as promotion of legal adoption.

The minister further said, “Our government’s proactive approach to childcare and protection reflects a deep commitment to the well-being of our youngest citizens. Our state stands out for its effective implementation of the JJ Act, 2015. In the realm of adoption programmes, our achievements at the national level are commendable.”

Shubha Sharma, secretary, Women and Child Development Department said the government’s commitment extends beyond the adoption process to the holistic well-being of adopted children. “Support systems are actively being developed to address their unique needs including educational, psychological and emotional aspects.”

Chairperson of Odisha State Child Protection Rights Commission Mandakini Kar welcomed the idea of adoption in good faith without prejudice and discrimination.

The minister felicitated the officials for their outstanding contribution to the adoption process in the state on the occasion.

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