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Odisha Women and Child Development, CRS & UNICEF Organise State-Level Consultation On Child Protection

New Delhi:25/9/22: According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), India has 29.6 million orphaned and abandoned children. While a safe and secure environment is a prerequisite for any child, there are millions who are less fortunate. The ones born into abject poverty and facing varied deprivations are forced to live in short- or long-term residential care in Child Care Institutions (CCIs) by families. Many of these children have families and a 2018 Government of India Report also revealed that most children living in CCIs have a single parent. Furthermore, nearly 200,000 children in India lost at least one caregiver to COVID-19, rendering them vulnerable to family separation and long-term institutionalization, while impeding their chances to thrive in a safe environment.

CRS’ flagship initiative, Changing the Way We Care (CTWWC) along with its implementing partner, ARUNA, proudly collaborated with the Department of Women and Child Development (DWCD) Odisha and UNICEF, for a two-day state-level consultation in Puri, Odisha, to deliberate over the challenges and opportunities linked to promoting Non-Institutional Care (NIC) and family-based alternative care. Guided by the Government of India’s landmark Mission Vatsalya scheme, the workshop aimed to contribute to the state’s endeavors to strengthen family-based care for a better and brighter future for vulnerable children in Odisha.

The eastern state of Odisha has been on the path of building groundbreaking milestones for the well-being of children and is committed to providing a nurturing and safe environment for their growth and protection. For the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic, the mega statewide consultation saw robust participation of District Child Protection Officers (DCPO) from all 30 districts in the state. Additionally, members of the Odisha State Child Protection Society (OSCPS), senior government functionaries, experts, district consultants, and practitioners in the field of care reform at the state and national levels exchanged knowledge and discussed opportunities to promote NIC and family-based care.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.
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