Sida-Adoptionscentrum (Sweden) Assisted Programmes:

As all of knows, many an abandoned child in our society, especially the newborn ones, perishes in informal adoptions.  Not many know that there have been specific rules and regulations, as specified by the Honíble Supreme court of India with regard to adoption of abandoned children.  Besides being grave breach of the law of the land, these types of informal adoption never ascertain the legal status of the child in the family, and jeopardize the future of such children, making it insecure and bleak.  Such undesired and illegal practices are found to take place more commonly in hospitals and nursing homes.  Such practices are deep rooted and going on since long where traces of monetary transactions have also been found.  To check abandonment of children and their subsequent perishing

in informal adoptions, Sanyog has availed and implemented two projects from Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) and Adoptionscenrum (AC) of Sweden. 

The first was a three year project which was implemented in Cuttack and its satellite city of Choudwar.  Since the highest number of nursing homes and private clinics of the State are in Cuttack, it was a good implementation of the project to curb the illegal activities.  It was a counseling project to medico and police personnel for their sensitization regarding the doís and doníts regarding abandoned children.  Encouraged by the success of the project, it was extended as the second Sida-AC supported project to five coastal districts of Cuttack, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Puri and Khurda with addition of ICDS personnel, government personnel, educational institutions, womenís organizations, youth clubs, local elected peopleís representatives, beetle shop owners, etc. in the target group.  The third Sida and AC assisted project, which is being currently implemented, focuses on overall development of about 100 childcare institutions (both government recognised and non-recognised) located in the 12 coastal districts of Orissa (Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Denkanal, Cuttack, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Khurda, Nayagarh, Ganjam and Gajapati), through capacity building of their functionaries.  The objective is over all development of the institutions as a whole which includes the all important quality residential care for the institutionalized children through capacity building and skill development of functionaries at all the levels.

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