Premalatha Gade, age 24, is from Bhadrachalam, Telangana. She completed her schooling in Bhadrachalam, then moved to Hyderabad for her higher studies where she completed a Masters in Social Work from Osmania University. Premalatha was always interested in making change in society, and this is what drove her to engage in field work with WAIC.… Continue reading BLOG POST: Interview with WAIC Caseworker Premalatha: “Let’s keep a smile forever on a child’s face”
Sanjay Shetty is a WAIC field worker from Navi Mumbai. He was himself raised in child shelters as an orphan child. His studies until high school were done through NGOs, and after that he studied his degree and Master of Social Work (post-graduation) from Mumbai University on his own. He has 17+ years of professional… Continue reading BLOG POST: From growing up in shelters to WAIC project manager; interview with Sanjay Shetty
Many prospective adoptive parents hesitate to adopt children age 6+, who are at higher risk of languishing in shelters for a longer time. But, as many parents who already adopted an older child know, it is the start of an amazing and special bond. WAIC recently held pre-adoption counselling with a group of PAPs in… Continue reading BLOG POST: Adoption of children above 6 years of age
[WAIC co-founder and director Meera Marthi shares her personal experience training Anganwadi workers in Telangana in early 2021. The training was about #SafeSurrender to help prevent child abandonment and ensure that children safely reach the legal adoption process.] My day started at 5AM that morning. I was nervous, excited, a bit wary and raring to… Continue reading BLOG POST: A day in the training of Anganwadi workers
[The cases discussed below are real. Children’s names and some details have been changed to protect their privacy. Written by WAIC co-founder, Smriti Gupta, and cross-posted from her personal blog.] Diya and Meenu were 3 and 5 years old when they were abandoned and brought into a government run child shelter. Lack of regular and… Continue reading BLOG POST: Child shelters separated these siblings. Adoption reunited them.