Child Abandonment Rate Worries Care Givers

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Carol Bankusha, the KCC Probation and Welfare Officer says that rate of child abandonment in the city is alarming. She says that child care facilities in the city are over stretched by the high number of abandoned children and lack space to take in more children. There are about 20 child care homes in Kampala operated by none governmental organizations. Bankusha however says that some of the homes are reluctant to take in children born with HIV. She says that between January and March 30, six children were abandoned in central division and taken to Nsambya baby's home. According to Bankusha, most of the abandoned children are of the male sex. She says that mothers are comfortable to stay with their girl children who don't care much about their parentage and often dump the boys. Bankusha explains that some of the children are dumped because they were born as a result of incest while others their mothers engage in multiple relationships and fail to identify their real fathers. //Cue in: "In this study... Cue out: ...to report."// She also says that their findings also indicate that 80 percent of the abandoned children are born by maids who are abused by their masters who refuse to take responsibility for their action. Brandishing copies of foster application, Bankusha says foreign families are fostering most of the children. She says that many local families know very little about fostering children, while others are reluctant because of the bureaucracy involved. //Cue in: "We should... Cue out: ...such children."// Claire Agaba an Assistant Child Protection and Adoption Officer at Action for Children in Kamwokya agrees the number of abandoned children is growing at an alarming rate. In the last three months Agaba has witnessed five children abandoned and rescued and put into homes around Kampala. She says only 5percent of parents relinquish their children to children homes when they are unable to feed them instead of abandoning them. Action for Children runs Queen Esther Children Transition Centre in Wakiso. She explains that after recovering an abandoned child the records its history, and give the child a name. //Cue in: "Some of the... Cue out: ...understand."// Agaba says that their biggest challenge is to understand why mothers throw away their children. She says that since finding the perpetrators is hard, there is need for a policy that will introduce parenting skills to mothers when they visit hospitals for anti-natal care. Agaba says homes helping teenage mothers like Malaika in Mengo and Wakisa in Bakuli have helped give hope to mothers who would have otherwise abandoned their children.

 

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