Friday, 25 March 2016 14:15

UGANDA Tightens Foreign Adoption Rules

KAMPALA, March 17, 2016 - The Ugandan parliament voted unanimously this month in favor of a new law that makes it harder for foreigners to adopt children and take them out of the country. Proponents say the new law closes loopholes exploited by child traffickers while critics say it may rob needy children of the chance at a better life overseas.

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NAIROBI, 5 August 2015 - Legislators in the United States are lobbying the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to give 400 adopted children exit visas, after it suspended international adoptions because of fears children were being trafficked.

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Children from across the country have called on the government to be more responsive and proactive in addressing the needs of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), who are among the most affected by the collapse in the provision of social services.

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The head of child rights in the Ministry of Labor and Human Welfare, Mr. Yemane Negash, called on the society to enhance participation in efforts to properly nurture orphan children under home-group care.

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Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini is expected to announce a plan to address the plight of child headed households during the 18th Biennial Conference of the National Association for Child Care Workers (NACCW).

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Women, Children and Youth Affairs Ministry (WCYAM) said it is striving to ensure the right and welfare of children.

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A minimum package of services for orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) and youth will be presented to Southern African Development Community (SADC) ministers this week.

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Wednesday, 20 April 2011 12:44

ZAMBIA: Govt Acts to Safeguard Kids' Welfare

 

The Ministry of Sport, Youth and Child Development has said the Government is working to develop and implement an integrated social protection system that will deliver multi-faceted care and support packages for health care, education, nutrition and legal protection at domestic level.

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Orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) comprise a fifth of Swaziland's roughly one million people, 80,000 more than predicted in a doomsday scenario back in 2004, but a social meltdown feared by some, has not happened.

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In broken English, Madam Victoria Nweke tells her story. "It was when my daughter-in-law died at St Gerards Hospital, Kaduna that we discovered that she had HIV/AIDS. She never told anyone that she was living with HIV.

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