In a recent state-level meeting organized by the Central Adoption Resource Agency (CARA), the Andhra Pradesh government reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring the legitimacy of adoptions within the state. The meeting brought together officials from various departments, including the State Child Adoption Resource Organisation (SARA) and the Department of Women and Child Welfare, as well as district officers, to address the pressing issue of illegal adoptions.
Jagannatha Pathi, CARA’s program director, stressed the importance of adhering to legal procedures when it comes to adoption. He emphasized that adoptions carried out following established guidelines offer the best outcomes for children. Pathi also highlighted the significance of a two-year mandatory period for prospective adoptive parents to maintain a stable relationship.
During the meeting, Pathi urged district child welfare departments to intensify public awareness campaigns and streamline adoption processes. This effort aims to ensure that adoptions are conducted per the law and provide a safe and nurturing environment for the children involved.
Kesali Apparao, chairperson of the Andhra Pradesh State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR), joined forces with member Gondu Sitaram to advocate for active dissemination of information regarding legal adoptions. They emphasized the need for coordinated efforts between district collectors, police officials, and the public to effectively combat illegal adoption practices.
The collaborative efforts of government agencies and stakeholders underscore the Andhra Pradesh government’s dedication to safeguarding the rights of children and upholding the integrity of adoption processes within the state. By prioritizing legal adoptions and raising awareness among the public, authorities aim to curb illegal adoption practices and ensure the well-being of children in need of loving homes