Aadhar cards to be issued to all children in adoption agencies

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New Delhi: The two-day National meet on adoption organised by Child Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) of the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development concluded in New Delhi on February 21.The meet concluded with the message that all stakeholders should make every possible effort to ensure that the interests of the children are given utmost importance in the process of adoption. The inaugural session was followed by sessions on various subjects related to the process of adoption. During the sessions, various stakeholders including child care agencies, legal experts, representatives from MEA and UIDAI discussed issues and processes related to the implementation of adoption guidelines. The experts also addressed and took due note of the concerns and issues raised by various agencies especially Specialized Adoption Agencies (SAAs).

The proposed Guidelines Governing Adoption of Children, 2015 were discussed in detail at the session. The guidelines have been framed keeping in mind the issues and challenges that have been faced by CARA, adoption agencies and prospective adoptive parents (PAPs). With the new guidelines, it will become possible for PAPs to track the status of their application. It will also make the entire system centralized, transparent and efficient.

Secretary , CARA, Dr Veerendra Mishra said that the proposed guidelines are child-centric. He also said that to give identity to children, Aadhar cards will be issued to all the children in the adoption homes across India. This has already been started as a pilot project in Delhi, he added.Ashok Kumar, ADG, UIDAI said that Aadhar cards will empower the children with a Unique identity of their own which can be verified and authenticated online and thus it will eliminate false identities. Responding  to the concern expressed by various stakeholders about the difficulty of making Aadhar card for infants and small children, he said that for children who are below 5 years of age, biometrics are not collected, they are tagged to the parent/guardian’s ID.

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