Saturday, 15 February 2014

Schemes for Destitute / Neglected Children

Smt. Krishna Tirath
The Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) is implementing a centrally sponsored Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) for rehabilitation and reintegration of children in difficult circumstance, including destitute and neglected children.

 Under ICPS, financial assistance is provided to the States /UTs for, inter-alia, undertaking a situational analysis of children in difficult circumstances at district level. 

Financial assistance under ICPS is also provided to States/UTs for setting up and maintenance of various types of Homes, including Children Homes and Specialised Adoption Agencies for children in need of care and protection, including destitute and neglected children. 

The Scheme also provides for family based non-institutional care through adoption, sponsorship and foster-care. 

The Scheme is being regularly reviewed by the MWCD by obtaining quarterly progress reports from the States/UTs and in the inter-ministerial Project Approval Board (PAB) headed by the Secretary (MWCD). Since the inception of ICPS.

All States have signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and have started putting in place various service delivery and statutory structures.

E.g. State Child Protection Society, State Adoption Resource Agency, State Project Support Unit, District Child Protection Units, Child Welfare Committees and Juvenile Justice Boards.

 In addition, care and rehabilitation services are also provided to the children. 

The Scheme is currently being reviewed by the Government to make it more effective for the children in difficult circumstances. 

This was stated by Smt. Krishna Tirath, Minister for Women and Child Development, in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha today. 

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