Supreme Court directs States to take action against NGOs, persons indulging in illegal adoption of children orphaned due to COVID-19

8th June,2021


Supreme Court directs States to take action against NGOs, persons indulging in illegal adoption of children orphaned due to COVID-19



After being informed that inviting people to adopt orphans is against the law and that no adoption of a child can be permitted without the involvement of CARA, the Supreme Court has directed all state governments and union territories to take action against those NGOs/individuals who are engaging in illegal adoption of children. After being informed that inviting people to adopt orphans is against the law because no kid can be adopted without the assistance of the Central Adoption Resource Authority, the Bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and Aniruddha Bose issued a flurry of orders (CARA). The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), represented by Additional Solicitor General KM Nataraj, warned the Supreme Court about NGOs collecting illicit contributions. As a result, the Supreme Court ordered state governments and union territories to prohibit any non-governmental organisation (NGO) from collecting donations in the names of the affected children by publicising their identities and soliciting interested parties to adopt them. "Contrary to the terms of the JJ Act of 2015, no adoption of impacted children should be approved. It is against the law to invite people to adopt orphans since no child can be adopted without the involvement of CARA. State governments/Union Territories would take stern action against any agency or individuals found to be involved in this illegal activity "The Supreme Court said. Furthermore, state governments and union territories were required to continue identifying children who became orphans or lost a parent after March 2020, whether as a result of Covid-19 or otherwise, and to post the information on the NCPCR website as soon as possible. During the course of the investigation, Kid Welfare Committees (CWC) were asked to care for the child's basic necessities while also ensuring that all cash benefits to which the child is entitled are delivered without delay. The Court also ordered state governments and union territories to create accommodations for children's continued education in both public and private schools.