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Tips On How To Adopt Two Abandoned Babies

If you want to adopt the two abandoned baby girls at Colonial War Memorial (CWM) Hospital’s Morrison Maternity Unit, there are procedures to follow. These procedures apply generally for adoption
26 Aug 2016 09:45
Tips On How To Adopt Two Abandoned Babies
CWM staff nurse Ashika Prasad with 19-day-old Athalia, one of the two baby girls who were abandoned at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital. Photo: Ronald Kumar

If you want to adopt the two abandoned baby girls at Colonial War Memorial (CWM) Hospital’s Morrison Maternity Unit, there are procedures to follow.

These procedures apply generally for adoption under the Social Welfare Department.

An 11-page application form, available at the department, should be filled. Here are some of the notable points:

There are 49 questions the applicants must answer.

The questions include your salary, the type of house you live in (number of rooms and sizes) and whether it is being rented or under mortgage.

A medical and Police report is required.

In Section C, applicants are asked whether they are willing to accept a handicapped child: if so, what degree of disability can they accept.

In section E, the husband and wife are separately asked questions about their personality and how they cope with stress.

The form is then assessed by a panel. If successful, the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Social Welfare officers will visit the home of the applicant.

The applicant will be called in for an interview if the home-visit is successful.

Those intending to adopt should visit the nearest Social Welfare Department and ask for a social welfare adoption officer.

There is no set time of when an application is processed.

The Ministry responsible has procedures in place for adoption of infants as outlined in the Adoption of Infant Act.

The Act ensures that the rights and safety of a child who is placed for adoption are safeguarded and that he or she is placed with suitable qualified adopters.

 

The Fiji Sun has been inundated with calls from people wanting to adopt the babies after it published their story.

Their mothers walked away after they were born. The girls are 19 days old and eight days old.

 

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

Feedback:  christine.nikola@fijisun.com.fj

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