Patna: Abandoned disabled child adopted by American doctor couple

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By: Ruby Sharma | Patna
Updated: 02 December, 2022 4:25 pm IST

A doctor couple from the United States, who were on a tour of India, has adopted a 3-year-old disabled and abandoned child from Patna, Bihar. The couple fulfilled the official requirements of adopting the child on Thursday.

Three years ago, the child was found abandoned on the streets of Patna. The child has a cleft lip and a missing hand. He has been living in an orphanage in Patna. An abandoned child was found in Patna. Since then the child was living in an orphanage house.

On Thursday, Danapur SDO permitted the couple according to the government’s laws after verifying all the details. After the completion of the adoption procedure and formalities, the couple applied for passports to take him to America.

The child was found on the roadside in Patna, a private institute of Danapur was taking care of the child and they also tried to search for the child’s parents but failed. After which the institution adopted the child.

The American doctor couple, Calindri and Catherine Sulivan Miller got information about the abandoned child and expressed their wish to adopt him. The organisation that was taking care of the child shared this proposal with SDO Pradeep Singh, who permitted the foreign couple to adopt the kid.

“This is a moment of great joy for us. We are overwhelmed,” said the Miller family.

As soon as the child’s passport and other travel documents are ready, the couple will depart for the US.

Infant abandonment is a major problem in India. The figures are striking. Children in India are abandoned largely due to sex of the child, deformities and poverty.

As many as 30,111 children were orphaned, lost a parent, or abandoned due to Covid-19 or other reasons from April 2020 to June 5, 2021, the government said on Friday. In 2021, responding to a question in the Lok Sabha, Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani said a total of 26,176 children have lost a parent, 3,661 were orphaned and 274 abandoned during the period. Madhya Pradesh had 706 orphaned children, the highest reported among the states, followed by Rajasthan (671), Uttar Pradesh (383), Bihar (308) and Odisha (281), according to data shared by the minister in the House.

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