Did You Know? There is an alternative to the horrendous news we hear everyday about the state of unwanted children in India.
When a vulnerable parent or guardian does not have the capacity to provide for their child, or when a child is unwanted in a family, unsafely abandoning the child or putting the child at risk with child trafficking (including illegal adoption) are NOT the only options.
The parent or guardian can safely and legally surrender the child at the nearest specialised adoption agency, terminating their parental rights, and letting the child enter the legal adoption process.
What is Safe Surrender?
The Juvenile Justice Act of India provides for parents to legally surrender their child without any consequences for the parent, if the parent is incapable or unwilling to raise the child. This child-centric provision ensures that children are pulled out of potentially life-threatening, neglectful, abusive, or dangerous situations by providing an alternative path to their parents/guardians.
Why is Safe Surrender critical?
Without the option to safely surrender a child, a vulnerable parent may continue to keep the child in an unsafe situation or give away the child in illegal adoption/trafficking. An unwanted child may be thrown away by the parents, causing lifelong physical injuries and mental trauma, assuming the child even survives. Allowing a parent or guardian to safely and legally surrender a child, first and foremost protects the child, makes the child visible to child protection agencies, and brings the child into the legal adoption framework.
Why YOU need to understand Safe Surrender?
As citizens of India, we all have a role to play in protecting each and every child in our country. If you understand Safe Surrender, then you can guide a vulnerable parent or help protect an unwanted child when the need arises.
Participate in the #SafeSurrender Campaign!
- You have already taken the first step by reading this page and understanding #SafeSurrender
- Look up and make a note of your nearest specialised adoption agency (SAA), so you can direct a parent there for safely surrendering a child if/when the need arises. India has more than 300 SAAs which are monitored and regulated by the WCD Ministry
- Join in the SafeSurrender Campaign! Help spread the word by making a short video about Safe Surrender in your native language, and sharing it on social media! Check out how to make the video here.