Experts want child adoption policy revamped

KATHMANDU: People working for the welfare of children today urged the government to implement special policies from the child rights perspectives to facilitate child adoption at the domestic level.

Addressing a workshop here on Friday, Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal, general secretary of Child NGO Federation Nepal said they were taking initiatives to advocate for the drafting of the new policies related to adoption of children at the domestic level.

He also argued that the present rules on domestic adoption had outdated. "According to the present provision, a parent can adopt a child after registering at the land revenue office," he added.

He also said the workshop would help change social stigma and foster positive concept for the adoption of children in domestic level. Binda Hada, secretary at the Ministry for Women, Children and Social Welfare, assured that the ministry would play a leading role to formulate new policies to facilitate child adoption. She also said that the Ministry would take up the recommendation of the workshop to draft necessary policies.

Ranjan Krishna Aryal, an expert on children issues, demanded amendment in present provisions according to the time.