Children’s Emergency Relief International National India Program Director appointed to a government working group to draft the first foster care and sponsorship guidelines in the history of Jharkhand State, India
18 April 2017, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India – The Centre of Excellence in Alternative Care of Children in India supported by Children’s Emergency Relief International and Core Assets Group has joined Child in Need Institute in Ranchi, Jharkhand to meet with the Jharkhand State Government to plan the drafting of the State foster care guidelines. The Central Government Model Guidelines on Foster Care, released in 2016, have yet to be adopted by a state government.
The first official meeting was called by the Director/ Member Secretary of the Jharkhand State Child Protection Society on 11 April 2017.
The outcome of the meeting was the formation of a working group to draft and submit the first Foster Care and Sponsorship Guidelines for the State of Jharkhand. The guidelines will be based off notified Central Government guidelines that impel states to adapt or adopt the documents to their respective contexts. The working group met on 17 April 2017 after a week of deliberation.
Mr. Ian Anand Forber Pratt, National Program Director of Children’s Emergency Relief International, member of the working group commented, “Jharkhand is a state that is rapidly developing its child protection mechanisms. The state itself has a population of around 33 million and is highly tribal and rural. Extremist groups pose problems to the state and the vulnerability of children is at a critical stage of need. The state has spoken about the need for the family-based care for the past few years and now with the passing of the 2015 Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Act they are empanelled to draft guidelines to roll-out family based care throughout the state."
CERI continues to support developing countries’ governments and civil society in their legislative effort to make family-based care a primary way of protecting vulnerable children. CERI also offers professional services to practically develop and implement foster care, family preservation and other forms of alternative care, in countries that aim to reduce or eradicate institutionalization of orphaned children.