Parenthood is Not a Biological Connection, It’s an Attitude!
Humanity took a step forward when Aditya Tiwari from Indore became the youngest single parent to adopt a special child. The 28-year-old man finally won the battle of adoption after one year of debilitating events. Aditya received his greatest gift of New Year when he held Binney in his arms on Friday afternoon. Binney is a special child who has Down’s syndrome and a hole in the heart.
The fight for adoption of Binney started in July 2014 when he was restricted by former guidelines for adoption. It stated under Juvenile Justice Bill, 2000 section 5(7) that:
“The minimum age difference between the child and either of the Prospective Adoptive Parents (PAP) should not be less than 30 years or more than 50 years.”
On his complaint against Missionaries of Charity, for not following proper procedures over custody of Binney, the child came under the Matrachhaya’s roof. Matrachhaya is a shelter for homeless kids established by “Seva Bharti”. Besides all his efforts, he was asked questions like how would he get married, if he adopts a special child. Also, many girls refused marriage proposals due to this case.
But things took a turn on August 1, 2014, when Juvenile Justice Bill, 2014 was passed and approved by both houses of Parliament. It changed the minimum age of a single parent to adopt a child to 25 from 30. Aditya sped up his process with this news and completed Home Study Report (HSR) on August 11, and the child was linked to him on August 31. After this, it was seven days work but even till the end of September, he hadn’t got the child.
He submitted his second HSR on October 15 and forwarded it to Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) on October 30. According to legal procedure of 2014 Bill, adoption order can be obtained within seven days, and the parent can have the child within ten days respective to orders. Even then, Binney was out of Aditya’s reach.
According to Matrachhaya joint secretary Amita Singh “There is no delay. We are processing the adoption request as per norms and proper system. These matters are sensitive and therefore take time. Committee just want to assure child’s well-being.”
On the first day of 2016, Aditya’s hard work paid off ultimately. Successfully completing every legal aspect of adoption Matrachhaya gave Binney to this Pune MNC employee. The whole city of Indore celebrated as a smile spread on little Binney’s face.
Aditya named Binney as “Avnish Tiwari” and was praised by his friend Vishal for the noble deed. Vishal said,“Aditya has made us proud”. Aditya thanked the Minister of Union Women and Child Development for visiting Matrachhaya in August.
The whole incident took a lot of time. But it was a great initiation made by the bill which helped Aditya’s dream of adopting a special child come true. It restored our faith in noble works and will promote a healthy vibe of initiation toward adoption.
According to national survey only 1200 children were adopted in 2015 and 9000 parents were still enlisted in the waiting list. WDC Minister Maneka Gandhi wanted it to be more than 50,000 in 2016. This case has encouraged her dream and increased hopes of single parents waiting to adopt a special child. The change has started with the herald of New Year.