February 1, 2016
17th Adoption Consciousness Celebration
The Adoption Consciousness Day is observed annually pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 72, series of 1999 to call for public attention and ensure nationwide awareness on legal adoption of orphaned, abandoned and neglected Filipino children in need of permanent home.
As of 2014, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) served a total of 2,648 cases of neglected, abandoned and orphaned children in need of nurturing family environment.
United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) article 20 provides that the “State Parties shall, in accordance with their national laws, ensure alternative care for orphaned, abandoned, and neglected children.
The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), as the lead agency in protecting and promoting the rights and welfare of children by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 603, otherwise known as the Child and Youth Welfare Code supports the Adoption Consciousness Celebration. Article 3 of PD 603 states that “The State upholds the right of every child to a wholesome family life that will provide him/her with love, care, understanding, guidance and counselling, and moral and material security, [and that] in cases, however, of a dependent or abandoned child, he/she will be provided with the nearest substitute to a home.”
For 2016, the theme of celebration is “Legal na Ampon Ako: Anak na Totoo” with English caption, A Child Finds Worth in Legal Adoption to sustain the effort in building awareness on the concept of legal adoption and to invite public attention on the importance of legal adoption to provide a needy child with a loving and stable family.
Family is essential to a growing child because some studies revealed the effects on the children without families as associated to a distinct group of vulnerable and at risk children referred to as “left behind”. The estimates of Filipino left behind children under the age of 18 documented around 9 million [UNICEF Study: 2008). The study of Dizon-Anonuevo & Anonuevo in 2002 documented intense longing for their mothers of some school aged children who manifest poor school performance or misbehaviors as signals of their negative emotions and expressions in seeking out of both love and attention.
The joint research DSWD and Atikha Overseas Workers and Communities Initiative Inc. in CY 2013 entitled “Rapid Assessment of Programs and Services for the Families Left Behind of Overseas Filipinos and the Social Cost of Migration” enumerated the following interrelated issues: Psychosocial and emotional impact among left-behind family members; Vulnerability issues such as youth delinquency; teenage pregnancy, drug addiction, anti-social behaviour, school drop-out; incest rape, pre-marital sex, and sexual abuse of children.
The activities for 2016 Adoption Consciousness Celebration are: 1) Press Conference and Photo Exhibit (kick-off activity) on February 15, 2016 at PIA Auditorium, Visayas Avenue, Quezon City with Hon. Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman (TBC) and Usec. Vilma Cabrera as panelist; 2) Adoption Forum on February 19, 2016 at Bulwagang Karunungan, DepEd, Pasig City; 3) Adoption Help Desks and Photo Exhibits on February 21-22, 2016 at Market-Market, Trinoma, Festival Mall and SM Malls; 4) Regional Convention on Adoption on March 5, 2016; and, 5) Grand Finals on Oratorical Contest on April 4, 2016 at DepEd, Central Office.
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Ms. Ma. Edna L. Estal
Public Affairs Information Office; Tel. No. 7811039 local 1005