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Adoption Handlers Need Proper Training: Kaimacuata

Professionals responsible for adoption cases must be provided with the training needed to assess, review and process cases, says United Nations Children’s Fund Pacific representative Salote Kaimacuata. Ms Kaimacuata made
29 Oct 2016 11:31
Adoption Handlers Need Proper Training: Kaimacuata
Parliament Of Fiji

Professionals responsible for adoption cases must be provided with the training needed to assess, review and process cases, says United Nations Children’s Fund Pacific representative Salote Kaimacuata.

Ms Kaimacuata made this statement as part of her submissions on the Adoption Bill before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights in Parliament yesterday.

“As we all know the Family Law Act 2003 took four years in transition before it became an act preparing the key stakeholders including the courts and its officers and the social welfare counsellors,” she said.

Ms Kaimacuata said the Bill should include provisions to accelerate the adoption of the Draft Adoption Decree and strengthen bilateral arrangements with other countries on the issue of international adoption.

She also recommended that a centralised system of data collection on children adopted be established disaggregated by age, sex and origin.

Meanwhile, UNICEF has proposed to organise a workshop on adoption with Government and partnership from the Embassy of the United States of America in February, 2017.

Ms Kaimacuata said the workshop would allow discussions on an implementation plan including monitoring and evaluating mechanisms on the Bill.

Filipe Naigulevu

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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