Four siblings — now 21, 18, 14 and 10 years old — were rescued from drug addict parents in December 2011 and a Delhi couple was allowed to provide them foster care.
Experts say foster care is one of the most effective mechanisms for the rehabilitation of children. Under the programme, a child lives on a temporary basis with the foster parents.
In December 2011, when four siblings — aged 14, 11, 7 and 3 — were rescued from a factory in Jalandhar, Punjab, they faced a bleak future. They were brought to Delhi and the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) declared their parents — who were drug addicts — unfit for custody. In May 2012, the parents died of drug overdose within a gap of two-three days and the four kids were staring at the prospect of ending up in a shelter home — just like thousands of others languishing across the national capital.
But in February 2013, the CWC Lajpat Nagar received a first-of-its-kind proposal in which a couple offered to provide foster care to these children.
Read more of this in a report by Faizan Haider published in Hindustan Times...