Abandoned children will be given to foster parents – DSW

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Social Welfare and Community Development

Mr Edmund Apiigah, the Upper East Regional Director of the Department of Social Welfare (DSW) says any abandoned child not above adoptable age will be fostered until the biological parents are ready for them.

He said that action had been taken by the DSW in the Upper East Region, to discourage sending abandoned children to orphanages, and facilitate the de institutionalisation of such homes and improve on child protection.

The Regional Director stated this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Bolgatanga after a one-day sensitisation meeting with stakeholders on referral pathways to child protection.

He said even though there were no registered foster children currently, there were plans to identify children in foster care.

“Fostering is temporal and it is not adoption and therefore when such children are of age they can be reunited with their families”, he added.

He said the DSW had started a series of training in 2019 to equip forty foster care parents with skills to foster children across all districts of the Upper East Region to facilitate the deinstitutionalization of children’s homes.

The exercise was to identify children in some orphanages and place them under foster care and also discourage abandoned children from being sent to the orphanages, he said.

Mr Apiigah said there were eight children’s homes in the region among which the Bamaltaaba home in the Talensi district had been earmarked for closure in 2021 due to sub substandard operations.

All the eight children who were in school will be reintegrated into their families, he added.

Presently the in operation Include the Nyame Dua children’s home, Mama Laadi baby home, Center for Child development home in Bolgatanga Municipality, Church of Christ at Bongo, life for the vulnerable In Zebilla in Bawku West district

“We are monitoring and any of the registered ones that fail to meet the standard of operating procedures will be closed down”, the Director said.

The Government of Ghana in 2006 in partnership with UNICEF and USAID moved for reforms of the child welfare system to provide a more sustainable and culturally appropriate family and community-based child care system which included shifting from an institutionalised based model that involved orphanages among others.

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