110 applications for adoption were received in 2011

The Ministry for Women Affairs in Delta State released 35 children for adoption in the January and December 2011 period.

The Commissioner, Betty Efekodha, said the ministry received 110 applications for adoption during the period.

Efekodha said “scouting letters” had been issued to the prospective adoptive parents.

The commissioner said a Modern Children’s Home for abandoned and lost children would soon be inaugurated by the state government.

“Efforts are also being made towards re-uniting the lost and abandoned children with their families; there are currently 10 of such children in the home,” she added. 

In 2007, the ministry released 28 children for adoption and another set of 18 children in 2008.

Efekodha also revealed that for the past three years, the ministry had organised annual holiday camp programmes for children in Junior Secondary Schools in the state.

The commissioner said that the children were taught various skills, including computer appreciation, with a view to promoting skills in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) among secondary school students in the state

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