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Counselling camp in Pune to guide prospective parents through adoption process

After successfully reaching out to many parents in New Delhi and Hyderabad, the organisation, Families of Joy Foundation, has now come to Pune and will be holding a special adoption counselling camp on Sunday, January 21, at NASSCOM 10000 Startup warehouse, Kharadi.

pune Updated: Jan 20, 2018 15:14 IST
Ananya Barua
Ananya Barua
Hindustan Times, Pune
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The camp is being set up with the objective to reach out to as many parents as possible, to guide them through the various procedures of completing and retaining an adoption. (HT REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)

Adoption should be a joyful endeavour, not something gloomy and sad, as portrayed in mainstream films and television,” said Protima Sharma, a Pune-based adoption counsellor with Families of Joy Foundation,a non-profit organisation aiming to dismantle the myths around adoption, and guiding prospective parents in making the right decisions for it.

After successfully reaching out to many parents in New Delhi and Hyderabad, the organisation,Families of Joy Foundation, has now come to Pune and will be holding aspecial adoption counselling camp on Sunday, January 21, at NASSCOM 10000 Startup warehouse, Kharadi. The camp is being set up with the objective to reach out to as many parents as possible, to guide them through the various procedures of completing and retaining an adoption.

“A number of issues are associated with the procedure which, without proper guidance, sometimes leads to parents choosing wrong states, genderpreferences or age group of the child while making the applications. Thus, leading to adjustment issues, long wait, up to one to two years or more. Sometimes, the issues also lead to adoption dissolution, whereby even after completion of the procedure, the adoption is dissolved, causing trauma for both the parents and the child,” said Sharma.

Explaining the need for such a guidance, she added,“In terms of guidance, we inform the parents about which states are likely to have more number of available children for adoption and of what age. Usually, most parents prefer to adopt babies, around 0-2 years of age, but out of the total 1,500 available children for adoption in the country, hardly 500 are babies. The issue is that there are more number of parents seeking adoption in India, than the number of children available for it, thus leading to a long wait.”

These 1,500 children, she said, are available out of a pool of over six crore homeless children reflecting the huge gap in the adoption system in India.

The adoption camp to be held on Sunday, hence, is to guide parents onthese issues and much more, like details of the legal procedure for adoption, availability of children across states, guidance on preferences at the time of registration, positive adoption language, documents required and references of other families in adoption among others, all through personalised counselling sessions by adoption counsellors from 10 am to 6 pm.

The sessions will commence on the basis of registrations made online atwww.familiesofjoy.org/PuneCamp.html or on spot, at NASSCOM 1000 Startup Warehouse, Gala number 406, 4th floor, MIDC IT Tower, Kharadi.

First Published: Jan 20, 2018 15:11 IST