Bhubaneswar: Women and Child Development Minister Prafulla Samal appreciated those parents who made the decision to adopt a girl child during the Adoption Awareness Week Programme on Tuesday.
The Adoption Awareness Week Programme was organised by State Adoption Resource Agency, Department of Women & Child Development and Mission Shakti.
Samal appreciated the participation of parents and children in the programme. He emphasized on the progress of the adoption process throughout the state.
The objective of the Awareness programme is to highlight the process of adoption and rights of the children. To encourage the process of adoption, State Adoption Resource Agency felicitated a number of successful adoptive parents on this occasion.
Adoptive parents, representatives of Specialised Adoption Agency and District Child Protection Officers were present in the programme. Apart from that, representatives of different departments also participated in the programme.
The ceremonial lamp was lit by a girl child in the presence of her adoptive parents and the dignitaries.
Some of the parents narrated the story of how they made the decision to adopt a child, the process they went through and the immense happiness that had come into their lives after the arrived of the child who by now had become truly their own.
One of the parents said that he and his wife had made a conscious decision to adopt a girl child.
The child also spoke of her school, her favourite subject in school and the little joys in her life. Children from the CCI in Cuttack, International Indecency Prevention Movement, presented a scintillating dance performance leaving the audience spellbound.
Anu Garg, Principal Secretary, W&CD and MS in her address highlighted that the process of adoption should be done in a rightful way and congratulated all the parents for their wonderful decision to adopt a child. She also said that every effort should be made for de-institutionalization and every child so that a child may get the opportunity to grow up in a family.