Bhubaneswar: Millions of children live outside of family care. Without the love and nurturing of family members, these children often find themselves at a high risk of impaired emotional and social development, physical violence, exploitation, sexual abuse and neglect.
To promote the concept of adoption in the State, Odisha State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (OSCPCR) and Youth Council for Development Alternatives (YCDA) with support from UNICEF Odisha office organized a workshop in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday.
The workshop aimed at raising awareness among the cross section of stakeholders with a key thrust to ensure every child has a right to live in a loving, caring and protected family. The workshop addressed the growing concerns of number of children outside parental care and how provision of alternative care arrangements are not adequate in India.
A safe and caring family is what gives a child the most stable start and equips the child to live a fulfilling life. “We work to support families who are at risk of separation, as a preventive approach by strengthening the families and provide a family to children who are deprived of it. We explore various Alternative Care options, which include Foster Care, Kinship Care, Aftercare, etc. We work with Government child protection mechanism and strengthen community level service delivery structures. And, this workshop helped in spreading more awareness,” said Sandhyabhuti Pradhan, Chairperson of Odisha State Commission for Protection of Child Rights.