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Friday, 7 January, 2005

Sri Lanka bans adoption amid child snatching reports

"Adopting the children until a permanent solution is implemented is illegal," government spokesman Managala Samaraweera told reporters after a cabinet briefing.

"Not even a Sri Lankan can adopt a child affected by this disaster until the government has come out with their programme," he added. "Even if they are relatives, they are not expected to take children without government permission."

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Blogger Angelo Embuldeniya (Strav) said :

But this report contradicts the NCPA ( National Child Protection Authority) in Sri Lanka, where listed on the homepage of their website as of 06/01/04 (http://www.childprotection.gov.lk/) is the following:

We wish to inform you that The NCPA is in the process of providing relief to children who are displaced at the moment. Please treat that the NCPA is only a facilitator.

Then there is a link where those wishing to adopt kids can go ahead and download and post it to the NCPA, their postal address is given as well.

I guess the best thing to do would be to contact the NCPA & find out for yourselves, so if anyone's interested in adopting orphans of the tsunami in Sri Lanka, find out more details by sending the NCPA an email (info@childprotection.gov.lk), visit their website (www.childprotection.gov.lk), call them (94-01-2778911, 94-01-2778912, and 94-01-2778913), fax them (94-01-2778915)or write to them (NO 330, Thalawathugoda Road, Madiwela, Sri Jayawardenapura, Sri Lanka.)

Hope the above helps.

Fri Jan 07, 11:22:00 PM IST