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Govt to clear pending cases of adoptions

LiveMint logoLiveMint 10-06-2014 PTI

New Delhi: With around 2,400 children waiting for adoption in the country, women and child development (WCD) minister Maneka Gandhi is taking steps to clear pending cases of children in institutions immediately.

Gandhi has written to the chief justices of all high courts and to all district judges in the country to expedite the legal procedure involved in the adoption process, WCD ministry officials said on Tuesday. There are around 2,400 children waiting for adoption in about 324 specialised adoption agencies. There are over 1,250 children’s homes in the country, a statement by the WCD ministry said. Under the directions of the WCD minister, the ministry is working to integrate children’s homes with specialised adoption agencies making older children also available for adoption, the statement said. Details of child welfare committees and lawyers have been uploaded on the website of the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) which has also been integrated with Facebook, it said.

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