“Government will not relent in pursuing unauthorized adoptions” – Hon. Minister

March 26, 2018 1:04 pm

The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection Otiko Afisah Djaba has renewed government’s resolve to continuously pursue “the unauthorised and inappropriately administered placement of children in alternative care in residential facilities”.

According to her, children have a right to live with their parents and family and to grow up in a loving, caring and peaceful home environment. She bemoaned that this however was not always the case. The Honourable Minister made these remarks at the inauguration ceremony of the ‘Technical Committee’ for the Central Adoption Authority of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection on Friday 23rd March, 2018.

Base on key technical inputs required in the operations of adoption, the establishment of a technical committee is mandatory to assist the Adoption Authority efficiently provide alternative child care to vulnerable children so they can experience safe and loving care.

Therefore, The Technical Committee is to advise the Central Adoption Board and the Secretariat on the operational child placement issues. It would determine that an applicant is eligible, suitable to adopt a child. The Committee would also determine the adoptability of a child and authorize registration of the prospective adoptive parent and child for consideration of placement and adoption.

Hon. Otiko Afisah Djaba revealed that children find themselves out of home situations because their parents, family or relatives are unable, reneged on, or surrendered their rights and responsibility to uphold these rights of the child, urging that the state must and should at all time intervene in such circumstances.

“The State has a responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of all citizens including the child, the best interest of whom she is obligated to uphold at all times. The administration of child and family welfare by prevention of unnecessary separation of family members, care of orphans and vulnerable children and placement of the child in alternative child care environments, like all public administrative functions, is guided by national and international laws, protocols, systems and procedures”, she said.

“It must be noted that some persons have been taking advantage of the weaknesses in the laws and mode of operation in service delivery to abuse the system to their advantage and to the detriment of vulnerable children and their families. Regularly, the Ministry receives complaints of stolen children, unauthorized and inappropriately administered placement of children in alternative care in residential facilities for children (orphanages) and adoptions with the participation of unauthorized persons sometimes leading to abduction, sale and trafficking in children”, she added.

The Minister urged each member of the committee to render selfless service, based on best technical concepts to position Ghana as a nation of best practice in alternative child care particularly, adoption.