From Mohana To Madrid, Rescued Child Finds New Family In Spain

Berhampur: A 10-year-old girl who was rescued from a road in Mohana area of Gajapati district in 2015, will be finding a new home in Spain. Bijaylaxmi (10) has been adopted by Maria Teresa, a 50-year-old spinster from Madrid.

She had liked Bijayalaxmi through video conferencing and flew to Spain with her adopted daughter on Tuesday evening completing some mandatory paperwork, said district child protection officer Arun Kumar Tripathy.

Gajapati collector Lingaraj Panda gave Bijayalaxmi’s custody to Maria at the Paralakhemundi child care institute where she was brought up after her rescue.

The 10-year-old girl was rescued by the district administration in 2015 from Mohana. She is a student of Std IV, and will now be continuing her studies in Spain.

She left with Maria for Madrid after the latter completed all the formalities of adoption.

After fulfilling the rules of the Central Adoption Resources Authority (CARC), Panda gave Bijayalaxmi’s custody to Maria, at the Paralakhemundi child care institute where the girl lived after being rescued.

The Gajapati district administration had uploaded details of Bijayalaxmi on the Central Adoption Resources Authority (CARC) portal for adoption.

Maria, who is employed at a university in Spain, had applied on the CARC portal for the adoption of a child four years ago.

Lingaraj Panda, Collector, Gajapati

Maria Teresa, Spain