CERI-India National Director led a training for Indian Central Government
on Model Foster Care Guidelines
Centre of Excellence in Alternative Care of Children (CEAC) presented to the
Jamia Islamia Centre for Early Childhood Development & Research (CECDR)
New Delhi, India – As part of a Memorandum of Understanding between Jamia Millia Islamia and United Kingdom-based Rainbow Fostering Services Ltd., the University engaged CEAC and the CERI-India National Director, Ian Anand Forber Pratt, for a day-long orientation and planning workshop.
“The collaboration will provide support to the Centre for Early Childhood Development and Research [CECDR] at Jamia Millia Islamia in setting up a national resource centre in foster care in India,” said CECDR director Prof. Zubair Meenai.
CEAC strategized with CECDR about promising practice approaches to foster care development in India through the use of national and global examples. CEAC explained that models of foster care systems are the “need of the hour” as the Central Government Foster Care Guidelines passed in 2016 are set to be implemented at state and union territory levels.
University administration explained, “To begin with, ten families will be identified for the pilot foster care project in an appropriate location in the country. These will come from diverse religious, class and caste constituencies, and tested for larger engagement in the future in the area of foster care, a concept that is still to take-off in India.”
Jamia Millia Islamia Vice-Chancellor Talat Ahmad said he was hopeful that the MOU will go a long way in generating an enabling environment for such children.