CSA is very happy, to find a family to one more child. Here is the testimony of the parent who adopted the baby with our help.
Hello Lucy & Team,
The below mentioned reference has clicked for us. Me and my wife are now very proud and happy parents of sweet little baby girl, “Saee”.
When we saw her for the first time, we knew that she is ours. She is just five months old and filled our home with joy & happiness on auspicious day of “Gudi Padwa” last month.We shared our joy with our relatives, colleagues and family friends. Everyone is so excited and congratulating us for this special gift. Few of them are appreciating our decision to give “Saee” a home, but the fact is she gave a meaning to our home and brought the entire family together.
I thank CSA, Mr. Gawande and his team to making this happen very fast and smoothly.
To my surprise, the entire process was very straight forward without any complexities. We got a baby in our hands within 3 week after I submitted the request to you.I feel you must spread the awareness about the process among people; it will definitely help prospective adoptive parents to firm up their decision to enjoy parenthood.
Once again, Thank You so much and continue spreading happiness.
Regards, Vishal & Bhakti Chavan
Greetings from CSA !!!
As you are aware we have been working to facilitate adoptions as well as upgrading the living conditions of the children living in adoption agencies. We render our services to the adoption agencies which are located in rural area. We reachout to the adoption agencies with need based support and refer parents for the children waiting there. Here we have one such successful testimony which will give you an idea of efforts we are taking to promote adoptions as we belive that its the most complete form of rehabilitaion of the deprived child.
Here we have Praveen and Divya a couple who adopted Devika have written their testimony.
Devika’s tiny fingers touching our faces every morning as we wake up is the most wonderful feeling we have ever come across in our lives. Her smiles have filled our life with extreme happiness and help us see a wonderful world ahead of us. This would not have been possible without the support of Ms Lucy Mathews and her organisation Catalysts for Social Action.
All our questions and worries about adoption were answered the moment we saw the baby when she was just four months old. We will never forget the moments we saw her first, she came to us with a heartfelt smile as if we had just returned home from work. Since then we are on cloud nine. Devika is with us for a month now and keeps our lives blessed with her smiles and giggles.
Adoption for us has been a wonderful thing. Adopting Devika is the life-changing journey that has brought immense happiness to our family. We are really blessed to be parents of Devika and pray to god to continue giving us strength to bring her up with the right values in life.
Divya and Praveen
Being associated with CSA adoption Project I keep visiting Adoption agencies from Rural area in the month of May I paid visit to adoption agency from Jalana (a district in Maharashtra India). I was sitting in the office the office and having word with the trustees of this home regarding various other issues to identify their need where CSA can support them and upgrade the home for children’s betterment. I could sense that some tiny baby is peeping from the door and hiding when I was turning my attention towards the door. I finished the discussion and then asked the trustee who is the one who is peeping out from the door? And I got to know about the story of those two eyes waiting for his mom…… 2 yrs old Nitin (name changed) was bought to the adoption agency by police he was found near the garden crying alone. Since then the police inquired him about his name, parents name but he didn’t utter a single word. Social worker from the adoption home asked him using different methods but Nitin was speechless. The only thing the social worker could get was that he was very attached to his mom. Adoption agency made all the effort to find Nitin’s parent but all in vain. Here Nitin was examined by the doctors and could not come out with any deformity for his ability to speak. Six months passed but Nitin never uttered a single word. Nitin was silently watching that the set of parents are coming and picking up the younger kids and taking them home. Every time there were parents /visitors Nitin used to get more excited he used to peep out from the door to watch whether there is somebody for him. Nitin was not selected by any of the parents because he never spoke a single word. I met him and felt that I should try my level best to find parents for him. I came back to Pune and got busy with my routine work but could not forget those eyes which said so much. We CSA team made all the efforts to search parents for him, putting his details on our website, talking and appealing parents to consider Nitin. Finally a lady pilot in well-known air force in India, who was willing to be a single mom visited our website and gave me a call. I immediately told her about the availability of Nitin. She showed her willingness and completed the formalities to take Nitin under foster care. She decided to get the speech therapist’s consultancy for Nitin and fix his deformity. Nitin was very happy to see his Mom in the first visit itself. Joy was pouring out of his eyes, he kept holding her hands was not ready to leave her. No speech was required for both of them. Last week when I called Nitin’s Mom she told me that the speech therapist says Nitin doesn’t require any speech treatment and he has started talking. He loves being in company with his cousin and neighborhood friends but more than that he loves his MOM.
Being a parent has changed our lives in more ways than one. Our little bundle of joy, our baby daughter has lit up our life ever since she became part of it on that memorable day
It was around the middle of 2012. in those days I was based out of Pune . One fine day, while at work, I was casually chatting to a colleague of mine, who mentioned in passing that one of her two daughter was adopted. That caught my attention, as we had also been planning to adopt a daughter for some time. Unfortunately for us, the adoption agencies we had contacted in and around Kolkata (my hometown) had informed us that we would have to wait for at least a couple of years.
I asked my colleague some further details. She was most helpful. She provided me the contact details of CSA & gave me Lucy's contact number, so that I could speak to her. We were very excited thinking of the prospect of becoming parents to a lovely little baby. At the same time, we had a lot of concerns & queries about the whole process of adoption, what were the different steps involved and so on.
As it turned out, we need not have worried at all. Lucy put me in touch with couple of agencies with whom I could liaise, and take things forward. The paperwork is very detailed so that there are no difficulties later on. We finshed the paperwork, and soon after that an officer from the agency came & visited our home at Kolkata. Within a few weeks of that we came to Latur & visited the agency.
Finally we saw our baby. It was the most wonderful thing possible when we held her in our arms for the first time. It took a couple of days more to finish legal formalities, but thereafter we brought her home for foster care. From that day on, she was our daughter (we did have to return twice in the next three months though for legal formalities.
Like I have mentioned before, adopting a baby was the best decision we could have taken. Our daughter has changed our lives in more ways than we could have imagined. She is the light of our lives, we cannot imagine a day without her.
A new born female baby was admitted in adoption agency from Odisha because of her mothers inability to keep the baby with her. By the time she was declared legally free for adoption the baby was 6 months old. Catalysts for Social Action (CSA) being associateed with the this adoption agency helped them to upgrade the living condition of the children in various ways. At the same time the family mentioned below approached and we refer them to this six months old.
Neelakantan P. and Sindhu Neelakantan from Chennai, Tamilanadu Adopted baby Sakshi from Orissa. They have expressed their experience and feelings in belwo wright up.
Does one need to be related by blood or marriage to another to give unconditional love and affection? We learnt that the answer to that question is a resounding- NO. And we are proud that our daughter, Sakshi taught us that. It had been the childhood desires of my husband, Neelakantan and I, to adopt a child when we grow up. Very soon after our engagement we learnt that we had this common desire and it strengthened our bond.
Our son, Saket was born in May 2011 and when he completed 6 months, we decided to commence the process to adopt a baby girl, as we expected some administrative delay. We contacted a few organizations involved in adoption in Tamil Nadu. Almost all of them refused us point blank as we already had a biological child. A few asked us to leave our details, which they would, waitlist and asked us to contact after a few months. But they also asked us not to have any expectations of getting a child in the immediate future. Nevertheless, when we returned to them almost 14 months later, we had moved from 95 down to 250 in the waiting list, as the childless couples were always placed above the others.
Just as we were wondering whether we had to wait indefinitely for our daughter, we learnt from a common friend, that Mrs. Subhasri Sankar had adopted a child from Odisha through CSA. It is relevant to point out here that some friends and relatives were initially skeptical about adopting from outside the state saying that the child’s features would be a giveaway and advised us against it. Mrs. Subhasri was however categorical and told us how her child had integrated in the family within a few weeks and we decided to go ahead. Without losing any time, we approached CSA. We were floored by their proactive and prompt response and suddenly, we found the whole process shifting to top-gear.
Words cannot express in adequate measure our gratitude, for the support rendered by CSA, their staff, Ms. Lucy Mathews, Ms. Bharti Dasgupta and Mr. Anupam Subhadarshan who interacted with us and they virtually held our hand and took us through the entire process. Within a couple of weeks of contacting CSA, we found ourselves at the Sishu Bhavan of Bapuji Sevashram at Chandipur near Balasore. As its secretary, Mr. Gaurachandra Khamhari placed the nearly 7 months old Supreeti in our hands (we have since renamed her Sakshi), we realized that we were indeed holding our daughter. Saket was beaming with pride as he held his sister for the first time. Sakshi all the while was smiling and enjoying. After finishing the preliminary documentation, we returned to our hotel room for the night. The next morning, we took her to a local hospital for medical examination. A housemother from the Sishu Bhavan accompanied us for the medical examinations. Sakshi was inconsolable from the moment the regular housemother of Sishu Bhavan was replaced midway by another housemother, Ms. Mamta, who usually took care of the bigger children in the Ashram. We were wondering how we will bring Sakshi all the way to Chennai if she was going to cry like this all the while.
But quite magically, all the crying stopped when Ms. Mamta handed Sakshi over to me for a brief while. Sakshi was comfortable with Neelakantan, Saket and I and surprisingly she refused to go back to Ms.Mamta. Mamta kept remarking for the rest of the day that Sakshi had identified her parents.
With all the medical examination and the foster agreement formalities completed, we took Sakshi back to the Sishu Bhavan from the Ashram’s office for bidding goodbye to those who had taken care of our daughter, for us all these months. There were tears all around. We felt sad for causing this pain and resolved to recompense all this by loving Sakshi more than all of them put together.
Now 6 months later, Sakshi has adjusted very well with all in our extended family. There are a lot of people who comment that she resembles Neelakantan and Saket a lot. Neelakantan calls it “Environmental Genetics” and propounds the theory that the child takes the features of her adoptive family.
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