Six months to go for pavement-born baby’s adoption

August 30th, 2010 - 11:22 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 30 (IANS) A woman, who helped rescue a destitute’s newborn from a pavement in central Delhi, and her kin have been told by an orphanage to patiently follow the procedures for the next six months if they wished to adopt the baby christened by her as Karishma.
Ritu Arthur Fredrick, a shop owner in Shanker Market in Connaught Place, rescued Karishma July 26. The baby was later sent to a foster home ater her mother died on the pavement.

Karishma is reported to be suffering from septicaemia (blood infection) at the foster home and Fredrick, due to her affinity towards the baby, wants to take over her upkeep — even if it requires adoption.

Fredrick is single, therefore, her brother and sister-in-law will have to officially adopt the infant. But the process of nursing the baby is full of legal obstacles.

Raj Mangal Prasad, chairperson, Child Welfare Committee (CWC), told IANS: “Adoption takes time, the procedures of law should be looked into. If the couple needs the baby they should patiently wait and abide by the law.”

He also informed that due to media hype over the issue or the emotional bonding of the rescuers, the law or the procedures cannot be overlooked. “At least six months from now the legalities will be over and the infant will be given for adoption. Till then she (Karishma) should be in a foster home.”

Prasad said rather than convincing the officials to give away the infant instantly the couples should try to follow the procedures like getting themselves registered with the adoption centre.

He said that he can’t assure that the Fredrick couple would be getting the infant even if they register themselves with the authorities as there is a long waiting list.

“When it comes to adoption many people get emotionally charged like the Fredrick couple, but the authorities cannot violate the rules,” Prasad added.

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