Catalysts for Social Action

We work towards holistic care and optimum rehabilitation outcomes for every orphaned child. We promote, support, advocate and act as Catalysts to achieve these objectives. We are an unstoppable force inspiring and channelizing action to bring about sustainable social change.
Jan 12, 2016

New senario of Adoption in India

CSA
CSA

Adoption till a few years back was a word/act which was a taboo in our society. Most of the couples could hardly talk among their friends or relatives about Adoption. And they knew that it would make people in the society raise their eyebrows. However, CSA took up this option of rehabilitation of the child by spreading awareness about adoption. Times have changed to quite an extent. Discussing adoption or planning to have a child through Adoption is not so much of a taboo any more as it used to be. The situation few years back was that many parents from city area were willing to adopt and children available was very less. CSA took up the task of survey and found that children are waiting in rural area and PAP are not willing to go to remote area. Therefore CSA made an effort to bridge this gap and divert parents to the area where children were available. This in turn have shown good positive result as the waiting time was cut down

I am sure most of us have gone through the stories like oh! My aunt’s son’s friend’s sister has an adopted child and she had a difficult time in adopting a child!! I call it the via-via information which does not help at all. We have tried to help the couples who are interested in getting the information on Adoption. Therefore willing parents kept approaching us for guidance. We also kept organizing training to different stakeholders like Social worker, Care givers, Adoption Lawyers etc. to make the process smoother.

Since 1st of August CARA (Central Adoption Resource Authority) have changed the guideline governing adoption in India. With the new changes the process is made online and faster. CSA could not refer parents to the children available with the new process. But new changes are yet to streamline and therefore PAP are still approaching us for information. We are playing our role to guide them with correct information.

Our effort is to get information on whether there are children available who can be eligible for adoption. But due to some or the other reason this best option of rehabilitation is not available for them. I am sure we will definitely come up with considerable number of children whom we can bring in adoption mainstream.

Jan 12, 2016

better place for children.....

Jasoda Children
Jasoda Children's Home

One would expect that at least when the child has reached an institutional framework/NGO, the child would be provided with a reasonable level of care, nutrition, education and protection. However the ground reality is somewhat different.
CSA has been working with Jasoda Anath Ashram (JAA) Children’s Home since 2008 with a view to improving overall childcare conditions. Gaps in the areas of health & hygiene, awareness amongst children regarding hygiene, personal care
etc., nutrition, education support, infrastructure, staffing and CCI capability were evident and needed immediate attention.
Jasoda Anath Ashram is registered under The Societies Registration Act, 1860 and is also registered under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000. There is serious crunch with respect to finances and due to lack of available funds, the building infrastructure lacks basic amenities such as separate wings for girls and boys, washroom facilities, individual beddings, separate room for caretaker, proper storage facilities etc.
The JJ Act Audit. This tool was developed by an NGO in association with UNICEF. This is an effective tool in evaluating several standards of care at CCIs. Various criteria basis which CCI evaluation is done are as follows -
Management & Staffing
Physical Facilities & Safety
Protection & Safeguarding
Health & Sanitation
Nutrition
Education & Recreation
Psychosocial Care
Life Skills & Vocational Training & Placement
Case Management
Exit Preparation & Follow Up

Each criteria is drilled down further and then a score per criteria is arrived upon which then totals to an overall score.
JJ Act audit was undertaken at the Jasoda Anath Ashram in May 2014 and they scored only 7.5 points on a scale of 90. This CCI was clearly lacking on several
fronts which came up during the audit. They neither had any idea of the JJ Act and its requirements nor was there any resource person available who could guide them. CSA worked together with the management, trustees and staff of Jasoda Anath Ashram to address ‘red’ flag issues and several interventions listed below were taken up as a result of this. A follow up JJ Act audit was done in February 2015 (post 9 months) and the score recorded was 40. There has been a whopping improvement by 433% in the overall scores for Jasoda Anath Ashram indicating a significantly measurable positive impact in raising the overall standards of care & protection for children residing at this CCI.
Today Jasoda Anath Ashram offers a much better environment and facilities to the children who reside therein. There have been significant enhancements in the overall infrastructure, management style & day to day tasks carried out. Children
have access to better heath, hygiene, nutrition, space, education support & utilities; their knowledge on several topics related to personal health & hygiene and protection & safety has improved too.

Oct 19, 2015

Fall Forward.....

Best of Luck....
Best of Luck....

We all fall in our life, but then it becomes a learning experience for us to move forward in life. Working with vulnerable children have helped us learn their life stories. I would like to take your focus to the children/ Juveniles who for some or the other reasons violated the Indian Penal Code. In India these Children as per Juvenile Justice Act 2000 are called Juvenile with conflict with law (JCL) which are kept under observation to improve their behaviour.
CSA is also associated with one such home where we studied the reason behind children violating the Indian Penal Code. The prominent reason we found was Poverty, unemployment and all related circumstances. Along with the counseling efforts, we had to come up with some practical solution for the betterment of their life.

To let these children move forward it was very necessary that they get some income generating skills. Therefore CSA introduced short term Vocational Courses. We successfully done with an auto mobile course last quarter and helped children understand that money can be earned through respectable manner also. This batch's children motivated the other in-mates in such a way that they themself came to CSA for nomination for the next course. This time we had 11 children who showed willingness to go for Electrician course. The course stared in the month of August with 80% practicals and handling of electrical Equipments.
Children attended the course and completed it successfully their Job placement interviews are also due now and hopefully they will get jobs and will move forward in their life.CSA wishes best of luck to all these aspiring Youths of India.

 
   

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