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The story of adoption is as old as human civilization. Tales of adoption are told in the Bible and in Hindu Scriptures. Adoption is bringing a child into your heart and hearth and being held together as a family with a lifelong bond. It entails a well thought out decision to accept and love a child. It then entails embarking on a scenic journey with some road bumps; but one which is filled with beautiful discovery of hope and joy.
Indian scorecard on adoption is not very encouraging with just under 5000 adoptions per year in a country housing over 60 million destitute children. Parent-centric approach, archaic laws, lack of awareness, myths perpetrated through Bollywood and absence of adoption as a subject in curriculum are just some of the key reasons for the gap.
It is important to realize that an understanding of adoption needs to be developed in regular course of life, quite like other facets such as career or marriage, and not when adoption becomes inevitable. Further, the understanding needs to be developed not just by prospective parents, but by society at large, as it has a vital role to play in enabling the parents to make an informed choice.
The Families of Joy Foundation strives to spread awareness about adoption, render useful resources, counsel families and help civic society in discovering their role towards enabling adoption as a parent, family, professional, employer, lawmaker, writer, film-maker or journalist by participating in the adoption cycle and highlighting positivity around adoption.
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