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We Do Not Stop Mothers Reuniting With Their Children: Dr Koroivueta

We Do Not Stop Mothers Reuniting With Their Children: Dr Koroivueta
The Ministry of Women, Chil­dren and Poverty Allevia­tion Permanent Secretary Dr Josefa Koroivueta
May 05
11:25 2018

The Ministry of Women, Chil­dren and Poverty Allevia­tion Permanent Secretary Dr Josefa Koroivueta said they would not stop moth­ers from reuniting with their abandoned chil­dren.

His comment follows after a mother recently abandoned her baby at the Labasa Market on April 24 and failed to re­turn.

The newborn baby girl is under the care of Ministry of Health and Medical Services and has been kept at the Labasa Hospital ever since.

“We will not stop the mother if she comes back and takes her child. However, she will be coun­selled and assisted if she needs assistance and support from the State,” Dr Ko­roivueta said.

“We will also make links with the commu­nity for the support.

“In such incidents, once a case is reported, our department comes in under the Juvenile Act to take over the welfare and well-being of the child,” he ex­plained.

“The director or staff approach the Court for a care order that gives the director the legal guardianship of the child.

“The child is then placed in one of the institutions and our depart­ment then arranges for foster care or adoption if there are applicants.

“No one else may arrange or place the child with anyone.

“It is illegal.”

When asked about how long the baby would be kept at the Labasa Hospital, Dr Koroivueta said: “We will wait until clearance is given by the medical personnel.

“This is the procedure; the child will have to be taken to the hospi­tal for medical check-up before we take her over to the institution.”

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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