NEW DELHI: As of the last week of September, a total of 1,802 children were legally free for adoption, and of them just 2% (40) were below two years and healthy and 70% (1,262) in the special needs category. This was revealed in voluntary organisation Families of Joy’s data analysis of the CARINGS database for prospective adoptive parents of the Central Adoption Resource Authority.
The FoJ’s quarterly analysis brings into focus the concern that clearly there are very few small children making it to the adoption pool even as thousands of prospective adoptive parents (PAPs) registered with CARA are in the queue. Data shows while there are fewer healthy children in the 0-2 years age group in the adoption pool, the number of special needs children in this bracket is way higher and stood at 101 in the lastweek of September.
The analysis shows that even among healthy children, of the 385 children above two years, as many as 317 were in the 14-18 years age group and 56 in the 10-14 bracket. There were a mere five children in the 2-4 years age group; two in 4-6 years age group; three in 6-8 years age group; and two in 8-10 years age group.