Denmark lifts ban on adoption of Indian children: Renuka

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New Delhi, Oct 8 (UNI) Denmark has lifted the ban on adoption of Indian children realising the gound realities of the Indian system, Women and Child Development Minister Renuka Chowdhury said today.

Inaugurating the Second International Conference on Adoption here, Ms Chowdhury said ''Denmark has recognised the Indian ground realities and decided to revoke the ban of adoption of children from the country'' Denmark had imposed a ban on adoption of Indian children a few months back following a complaint from a man that an institution had sent his two children under its care to Denmark for adoption without his knowledge and consent.

Meanwhile, the Central Adoption Resource Agency would prepare a dossier of foreign prospective adoption agencies would be prepared to make the adoption process easier and happier for the prospective adoptive parents, she said. Moreover, steps would be taken to ensure that the children were not separated from their adoptive parents for months as it hinders their bonding.

Ms Chowdhury said government would crackdown on illegal adoption agencies working from hospitals and nursing homes and formulate new adoption guidelines to bring transparency and ensure that more children were in the legal adoption loop.

Pointing out that many a times children were exploited and adoption process misused, Ms Chowdhury said the new legislative guidelines would reduce them and help abandoned and orphaned children find families, love and parents.

She regretted that though the number of abandoned and orphan children were huge in the country, their availability for adoption was less. She said the government would take action against ilegal adoption centres operating from nursing homes and hospitals and register the recognised adoption agencies.

Lauding the role of NGOs as social workers, she warned severe action against those violating the laws, rules and guidelines of adoption.

On this occassion, Ms Chowdhury released a magazine titled 'Datak' published by CARA.

CARA Chairman J K Mittal called for more transparency in case of inter-country adoption and said countries involved must guarantee that adoption corresponds to the child's best interest and his or her fundamental rights.

Admitting that their were gaps and challenges in the adoption system, he said they would be addressed.

''We are in the porcess of finalising our new guidelines and upon its implementation we shall have more adoptable children in the adoption loop, more transparency across adoption process and more importantly such children shall have adequate safeguards,'' he said.

UNI

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