India has 16 million orphaned children and no foster care provision so Martin James Foundation helped set up the centre of excellence in alternative care in Dehli.
After the Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Act was passed in 2015, the centre’s aim was to train stakeholders who were responsible for implementing foster care across India.
Since then Martin James Foundation in partnership with CEAC, India have trained 10,000 officials across the country, including Sri Lanka and Mauritius. CEAC has launched the first ever user guide on foster care, in partnership with National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR). And, there are now plans to set up another five centres in five other Indian states.
A pilot project is currently running with the state of Chhattisgarh to demonstrate foster care in action with the aim to roll this out across Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. More work is to be carried out in Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and the Maldives.
UNICEF and state governments recognise the centre as an expert and seek its advice whilst drafting state rules and foster care schemes.
The foundation works with the Indian Judiciary, central government, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, other state governments and non-governmental organisations (NGO) and child care institutions.
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