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In India, Missionaries of Charity will again offer children for adoption

The Missionaries of Charity congregation has agreed to resume its service of offering children for adoption.

The congregation founded by St Teresa of Kolkata, commonly known as Mother Teresa, discontinued giving babies from their orphanages for adoption in October 2015 after disagreeing with a new federal law that allowed single and divorced women to adopt children, reported ucanews.com.

The congregation has revised its stance and will join the centralised adoption service system set up by the government, said Maneka Gandhi, who heads the Ministry of Women and Child Development.

A delegation of three Missionaries of Charity, including Sr Mary Prema Pierick, met the minister on 29th October and decided that children in the nuns’ 79 homes can go into family care, ucanews.com reported.

In a 2nd November statement, the nuns said they had agreed to register all their child care homes with respective state governments as mandated by the Juvenile Justice Act of 2015.

Gandhi has asked them to undergo registrations of all their homes and link them with specialised adoption agencies who would carry out the placement of children declared legally free for adoption.

Picture: A member of the Missionaries of Charity laughs as she interacts with children in 2016 at Nirmala Shishu Bhavan, a children’s orphanage founded by St Teresa of Kolkata in India. The Missionaries of Charity congregation has agreed to resume its service of placing children for adoption. (CNS photo/Rupak De Chowdhuri, Reuters).