Hailing the move of amendments to the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 that the Union Cabinet approved Wednesday, the state Women Development and Child Welfare Committee said henceforth the adoption process in the country is expected to speed up as district magistrates have been empowered to issue adoption orders and monitor implementation of the law.
Speaking to Hello Vizag, Women Development and Child Welfare (WDCW) Director Krithika Shukla said “Due to the involvement of civil and district courts which are already burdened by the heavy load of civil cases, the overall adoption-related procedures gets delayed.
Visakhapatnam tops the table in terms of children waiting for adoption (57), West Godavari(3) is at the bottom of the list. There are 288 children ready to be adopted and these many were rescued and some were abandoned by their biological parents. They are being taken care of at Shishu Kendras till their adoption, said WDCW additional director Vikayalakshmi.
A total of 3,241 prospective adoptive parents have registered from the state, and some of them have been in the queue since 2016. All due formalities for adoption by the prospective parents were completed, “she said. Stating further Krithika Shukla said the center has asked for stricter recruitment norms for Child Welfare Committees and the advantage to Andhra Pradesh is that it has a robust appointment policy in place since 2017.