New Delhi: About 80 per cent of kids adopted inside the nation since 2015 have been aged 0-2 years, whereas simply two per cent have been within the age group of 10-18, the Ladies and Little one Improvement Ministry mentioned on Thursday.
In a written response to a query in Rajya Sabha, Ladies and Little one Improvement Minister Smriti Irani introduced information of in-country adoptions from 2015-16 to 2020-2021, as on February 3, 2021).
In keeping with the information, of the 16,856 youngsters adopted inside the nation within the final 5 years, 13,495 have been within the age group of 0-2 years, 1,340 have been within the age group of 2-Four years, 889 have been aged 4-6 years, 401 have been aged 6-Eight years, 350 have been aged 8-10 years, 192 have been in age group of 10-12 years, 100 within the age group of 12-14 and 59 have been in age group of 14-18 years.
Ms Irani mentioned the variety of infants under the age of three months adopted throughout 2016-2017 to 2020-2021, as on February 3, 2021, is 725.
Responding to a query on the time taken to declare a toddler legally free for adoption, Ms Irani mentioned as per part 38 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Safety of Kids) Act, 2015, orphaned and deserted youngsters are required to be declared legally free for adoption inside two months in case of a kid as much as the age of two years and inside 4 months in case of a kid above the age of two years, after following the due process.
“Additional, the surrendered youngsters are required to be declared legally free for adoption after two months (reconsideration interval) from the date of give up of the kid,” she mentioned.
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