Adoption is a beautiful, life transforming experience. It is a blessing for the child and parents and unfolds joys which know no bounds! Each adoption story is special, memorable, full of hope and anticipation and a triumphant moment for the entire family! We are committed to our Vision 'Every Child Matters!' and are constantly working towards finding a loving and nurturing home for every orphaned child. Presenting successful adoption case facilitated by CSA. Rajesh Duraiswamy and Subhashini adopted 4 months old female baby Netra.
We got in touch with Catalysts for Social Action and when we learnt of the goals and motives of CSA, we were convinced that this was the right beginning for our adoption process.
Soon after our registration at CSA, we were referred to an adoption agency in the deeper pockets of Maharashtra. By then, we had learnt of CSA’s ground-level support and involvement with certain identified adoption centres so as to assist in its infrastructure building and day-to-day running. We were also aware of CSA’s strategic vision to enable adoptive families in the cities to adopt a child from adoption centres away from the cities that had children to place on adoption – this was such a brilliant concept and we like so many other parents, were delighted to pursue this option. CSA had already intimated us that the paper-work for the registration with the specified agency would need to be done to the satisfaction of that agency. We were also keen of providing complete documents. It is in such instances that CSA proved to be of able assistance – Lucy Matthews of CSA was always, always available to answer our queries. Through our adoption process, we have turned to Lucy several times, for clarity or for an assurance and without ever stepping out the framework in which CSA operates, Lucy has responded to us unfailingly. As most adoptive parents reading this would understand, our most frequent question was when we would be ever called to ‘meet’ the baby. Lucy would sense our impatience and understand how agonising it is to wait for a child, without a definite timeframe.
CSA earns fullest marks for being sensitive to the emotions of a parent, without overstretching itself with false assurances on matters beyond its reach. It was only much later, in our interactions with the adoption agency that we learnt of how regularly CSA had followed up on our registration. It is easy now – with our little girl by our side – to reduce the year or so that went from registration to the actual arrival of our baby into 4 short words - ‘a long, uncertain wait’ but we know how emotional that journey can be. Letting our mind roll back only a few months ago, we understand the state of parents who are overwhelmed by their expectations of their child’s arrival, who have put several decisions in life on hold for this life-changing moment but are practically clueless on All our doubts and questions vanished on that fine day, when we finally received the call to meet our baby. Again, CSA helped us immensely, advising us on what to expect. It is through CSA that we spoke to other families who have adopted from the same agency and benefited from their generous help and valuable inputs. The actual visit which involved meeting the child and its caretakers, reviewing the medical file and also meeting a doctor for a physical examination of the child was simple and uncomplicated – however, our interaction with CSA and other adoptive parents who had also adopted with CSA’s assistance gave us great comfort and foresight on one of the most important days of our life. Completing justifying our reliance on CSA to guide us to the right agency, we were gratified to find that the agency we visited was well-managed and well-administered and we have only positive feedback on our experience with them.
Love Trust Special Needs Home in Buldana district, Maharashtra state of India was started by CSA in collaboration with the Love Trust institute in 2009 with a special focus on providing care to children with special needs. During the regular course of working on adoption projects, CSA identified the need of a Special Home for mentally and physically challenged children languishing in regular adoption agencies. Providing quality care and treatment to such children was the need of the hour. The Love Trust institute readily responded & provided us with the Infrastructure and thus, Love Trust Special Needs Home was instituted. CSA spear heads expenses related to providing all necessary facilities to take care of these children. We have appointed caretakers specially trained to look after these children along with a Physiotherapist with a hope to improve their health conditions and through physiotherapy, improve their ability to carry out their day to day tasks; and also, someday to help facilitate their movement into a lovely family. Little did we know that this Diwali, our efforts would bear fruit! Nehal came to the home around 3 years go with extensive physical and mental impairment and she would tilt her head to one side often. With the help of the physic exercises & special care provided by caretakers, her overall health showed a remarkable degree of improvement. Sometime this year, we were successful in finding adoptive parents in the US & very soon Nehal, who is 4 years old now, will be united with a wonderful family and can look forward to a quality life and better healthcare facilities! This is indeed heartwarming & encouraging for the team at Love Trust home. 3 more children are in the process of being adopted by NRI parents & CSA hopes to continue the good work and have many more special needs children find loving and nurturing families!
Mr. Shankar and Subasri are from Chennai who adopted baby Pushpita from Odisha. They share their story with us -
We are thankful to CSA. Its only because of CSA that we have adopted a 2 year old girl in May 2012 as our own. CSA's representative Mr. Pritikanta Panda was of great help in helping us identifying the adoption agency, doing a translator's job, helping with vehicle bookings etc.
We are from Chennai & married since November 2007 and even as we took our wedding vows, we decided we'll have one biological & one adopted child. Close to a year after wedding, God blessed us with a boy and as he turned 2, we started visiting & enquring with all CARA listed agencies in our state of Tamil Nadu regarding adoptions. Almost all agencies told us that they hardly had kids who were available for adoption and there was a huge waiting list of childless couples in queue.
More than a year passed, and we had tried to contact a few agencies in Maharashtra and elsewhere on our own, but nothing materialized. We also wanted our adopted daughter to grow up alongside our son, but our dream seemed far fetched. We had set a deadline of November 2012, beyond which we decided to call it quits.
Luckily, in March 2012, we met another couple from Chennai Mr. Rammohan Thyagarajan who adopted a girl from Odisha with the assistance of CSA. I first contacted Mrs. Bharati Das Gupta, who quickly introduced me to Mr. Pritikanda Panda in Odisha, who in turn sent me a checklist of all required documents. Suddenly, our hopes went soaring, and before we realized, we were put in touch with an adoption institute in Odisha who shared the photograph of our potential 2 year old daughter. Nithilan (our son) was 3 by then and we thought a sister a year younger to him will be a good addition. Once all the paperwork was in order, we went down to the children's home, saw our daughter, and took possession of her under foster carer and were back in Chennai by May 2012. CSA has been wonderful; our heartfelt thanks to everyone specially to Mr. Pritikanda Panda.
Pushpita (our daughter) has been enrolled to kindergarden school. Today, my kids are just like any other siblings - they play with each other, are adamant, fight and cause havoc but we are not complaining!
Becoming a mother has been one of the most beautiful moments of my life. Thanks to the amazing initiative called CSA and the team they have put together on March 20th 2013 I became the “Amma” of 2 beautiful girls (twins) – Juhi and Maahi. As I watch them playing happily surrounded by family and friends – I am amazed at their journey and mine.
In January 2012 when I announced my intention to adopt a girl child – my decision was met with a lot of skepticism. As a prospective single parent I met with my share of discouragement from social workers and adoption agencies. After a year of struggling to make sense of the adoption process a well wisher finally connected me to CSA. From that point onwards DadasahebSargar and Lucy Mathew of CSA have been my guiding angels. It was not just that they connected me to the right agency in MP – it was that they guided me thro every step of the process and did so with empathy. Thanks to them the process of finding and bringing home my daughters have been more pleasure than pain.
The twins are a happy bunch – they are loved and adored by the extended family. They are attending summer school and loving every bit of it. The three of us are in the exciting phase of exploring new places, new tastes, new games and each other. It’s just been a month since they walked into my home and heart but it feels as if they have always been here an integral part of our lives.
Not very long ago, older children did not find homes with families in India. Most Indian
parents wanted a small baby less than 2 years old. And so, many children went abroad to
Yogesh and Supriya Bochare adopted 6 year old Aarushi from an Adoption Agency in Jalna,
Maharashtra – a sign of the changing times and, mind sets. The Bochare had registered for
a 6 month old child 2 years ago and were still waiting for some kind of lead from the agency
when Yogesh sent an email inquiry to CSA. Yogesh writes: “Within 2 days we got call from
CSA informing us of the availability of an older child in one of their partner-agencies. We
were jubilant and also, apprehensive; we had never thought of an older child-certainly not a
6-year old! By that age, a child has an independent mind and we were afraid about issues of
Nevertheless, we decided to follow through. The day we first met her, we liked her! But we knew we had to
think it through; ours could not be a decision made in haste. We had been married since 2001 and had, without
success, tried every possible way of starting our family. Here was the opportunity!! Should we let it go? Debate
and discussion followed and we concluded that what we were looking at, was not a Job, nor an office, nor was it
the fulfillment of a duty; here was a child who could, so easily, become ours! The conclusion was unanimous – and
so, 6 years old “Aarushi” came home to us.
Our life has changed dramatically since her arrival; from a happy couple, we are now, happy responsible parents.
Of course we have to adapt to her ways to an extent but we are enjoying every moment. Thanks to CSA! We are
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