As the world observed World Adoption Day, the Vice President of The Halal Children’s Home, Mrs. Ramatu Abubakar,called for a legal framework to encourage fostering of orphans and vulnerable young persons in the society to promote nation building.
She made the appeal in an interview with newsmen on sideline of the 2019 World Adoption Day in Abuja, with the theme, “Fostering: Secure the future”.
An awareness walk was organised by the faith-based organisation to mark the 2019 event and to raise more enlightenment on foster care awaiting to be adopted.
She noted that fostering is key because lot of talk is about adoption, therefore, the need for Nigerians to actually foster children and incorporate them into larger society towards nation building.
In a separate interview, Mrs. Joke Silva, a Nollywood Actor, told newsmen that there were lot of children who did not have home and also lot of homes which did not have children.
She observed that people were wary of what society would think and also maids around children that they fostered, for fear of such children harming the family.
Silva said: “I really do not think those things are tenable, even when the child comes through you.
“You do not foster a child out of pity, you foster a child out of love, there is a big difference, you foster a child out of love because you want the best for that child.
Newsmen report that Halal Children’s Home was established in 2014 by a group of sisters concerned about fostering vulnerable children.
The home, which is registered with the Social Development Services of FCT Administration, has 35 orphans and had taken care of 45 children.