QUEZON CITY, Feb 3 (PIA) — The Department of Social Welfae and Development (DSWD) – Mimaropa and the Municipality of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro will lead the Children’s Caravan today at the town’s municipal gym.
The caravan, expected to have the same level of fun of Children’s Month, is supported by member organizations of the Regional Sub-Committee for the Welfare of Children (RSCWC).
RSCWC is Mimaropa’s policy-making on children’s welfare and a coordinating entity in all child-related programs and activities of regional line agencies and local governments.
“The activity is called Children’s Caravan cum Adoption Conscioussness Week Celebration since the month of February marks the Adoption Conscioussness Month,” said Regional Director Wilma Naviamos of DSWD-Mimaropa.
About 1,000 children, parents, teachers and including people from indigenous communities are expected to participate.
Adoption is defined as a socio-legal process of providing a permanent family to a child whose parents have voluntarily or involuntarily relinquished parental authority over the child.
There are two types of adoption:
Agency adoptions – are those in which a licensed adoption agency finds and develops adoptive families for children who are voluntarily or involuntarily committed. The adoptive families go through the process from application to finalization of the child’s adoption under the auspices of the DSWD a licensed child-placing agency. The legal rights of the child, the parents who gave birth to the child and the parents who will adopt the child, are all equally protected.
Family or relative adoptions – are those where the biological parents make a direct placement of the child to a relative or a member of their extended family with whom they relinquish their child.
Childless couples or people ready to receive new family members from Mimaropa are encourage to visit the regional office (or call 02-526-6077) for details of agency adoptions.
Also highlighting the Caravan is the launching of the Sepilyo Mo, Sagot Ko para sa Ngiting Aprubado which aims to gather 100,000 dental kits for children of Child Development Centers and indigenous people’s communities in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas. (LP/PIA4B)