Noke Konyak launches video & radio jingles

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Dimapur, August 31: The Department of Social Welfare, Child Services on Friday launched the video on adoption of Radio and Jingles in the Secretariat conference hall, Kohima.
Secretary, Social Welfare Department & Chairman, Child Protection Services, Sarah Ritse said that adoption is an act of love but the process has to go through law. She added that according to the Juvenile Justice Act, adoption is the process through which the adopted child is permanently separated from his biological parents and become the legitimate child of his adoptive parents with all the rights, privileges and responsibilities attached to the relationship.
She also appraised on the functions of State Adoption Resource Agency (SARA) which act as an executive arm of the State Government for promotion, facilitation, monitoring and regulation of adoption programme in the State. It primarily deals with adoption of orphan, surrender and abandoned children. She added that SARA in Nagaland has been doing exceptionally well since its inception in the year 2010 and the total number of in-country adoption from April 2010 till date is 110, total number of Inter-country adoption since 2015 till date is 10 and combined adoption so far is 120, out of which most of the adopting parents are Local Naga parents.
She informed that Nagaland customary practice of adoption is very much prevalent where the procedures are very simple and the hard work and dedication of the Department is creating an awareness among the public and that adoption done as per the Juvenile Justice system can ensure a secure and safe future for the child as well as for the adoptive parents.
Sarah also highlighted on the aim of video and radio jingles which will create awareness and knowledge among the multi stakeholders and the general public to have a better understanding of the concept of legal adoption and to address issues related to adoption that can arise.
Various allied department participants are Health and Family Welfare, Police Department, Judiciary-Legal Service Authority, DIPR, Labor Department, State Resource Centre for Women, the Statutory Bodies (SCPCR, Child Welfare Committee, Juvenile Justice Board, Child Line, Governing Body of SARA), Specialized Adoption Agency and Child Care Institutions, District Child Protection Unit.
Director, Child Protection Services, Chubainla Jamir in her presentation on adoption pointed out that in the District level, the District Child Protection Unit identifies orphans, abandoned and surrendered children in the district and gets them legally free for Adoption by the Child Welfare Committee- CWC with the help of Specialized Adoption Agency -SAA and Child Care Institutions- CCI.
She also highlighted that there are more than 60 child care institutions which have been linked to the specialized adoption agencies – SAA for linkage cases and Nagaland is one of the first states in India to start linkage cases of adoption.
She further appraised that one can adopt from adoption agencies like Radiant Educational Society (SAA), Kohima Orphanage and Destitute Home (SAA), John 3:16 (SAA), Mon; Wondang-Ki Charitable Foundation (SAA) Dimapur.
Earlier Advisor, Department of Social Welfare, Noke Wangnao launched the video and radio jingles. (Page News Service)