On the occasion of World Adoption Day, observed on November 9, the ADOPTA organisation has organised a number of drives to invite citizens to join it in raising awareness in institutions and society as a whole of the need to facilitate adoption, so that more children in Croatia could find new parents.
Although more than 3,500 children are in foster care and more than 400 qualify for adoption, less than 100 are adopted annually because there is no support system for adopting families and there is insufficient awareness in various services, educational and health institutions of the particular treatment of adopted children, ADOPTA president Diana Topcic-Rosenberg has told Hina.
In order to make adoption faster and more effective, the Social Policy and Youth Ministry compiled in 2012 a register of adoptive parents which now numbers 1,093 persons, 344 of whom already have a biological or adopted child.
Currently 439 children qualify for adoption, including 42 under the age of five, the ministry says, adding that about 100 children have been adopted this year.
ADOPTA has invited citizens to join in the marking of this year's World Adoption Day by drawing a smiley face on their palm, taking photos of it and posting them on ADOPTA's Facebook page.