18,000 Unwanted Kids
- Poverty Takes Its Toll
By Paneetha Ameresekere
Amidst reports of children being handed over for adoption to the authorities by their parents or guardians due to economic reasons, and in the worse case scenarios being murdered by their parents, the Department of Probation and Childcare (DPC) says that there are 18,000 homeless children who are institutionalised.
The chief reason for children being put in homes for adoption is poverty, DPC statistician Malkanthi Thilakaratne said, with probation officer Nirmalil Perera agreeing. The majority of those institutionalised are not orphans, said Perera.
Other reasons for children being institutionalised included: disputes among parents, the father being an alcoholic, the mother working abroad and children being born out of wedlock.
1,194 children were given up for adoption in 2007.