District Child Protection Unit (DCPU)

District Child Protection Unit means a Child Protection Unit for a District, established by the State Government under section 106 of the JJ Act 2015, which shall be the focal point to ensure the implementation of this Act and other child protection measures in the district( as per 2(26) of JJ Act 2015).

In addition to the functions envisaged in the JJ Act 2015 and JJ Model Rules 2016, as well as the Government notified schemes, the DCPU shall carry out the following functions:

  1. Identify orphan, abandoned and surrendered children in the district and get them declared legally free for adoption by Child Welfare Committee with the help of Specialised Adoption Agency or Child Care Institution and upload the certificate on Child Adoption Resource Information and Guidance System (CARINGS).
  2. In case of an Orphan or abandoned child, DCPU may advertise the particulars and photograph of the child in a national newspaper with wide circulation within three working days from the time of receiving the child. If the biological parents or legal guardians cannot be traced the same has to reported to the CWC within thirty days from the date of production of the child before the CWC.
  3. Ensure that the Child Study Report and Medical Examination Report are uploaded in the Child Adoption Resource Information and Guidance System by the Specialised Adoption Agency within ten days from the date a child is declared legally free for adoption, in English apart from the Local Language.
  4. Facilitate the linkage of Child Care Institution with Specialised Adoption Agency in the same or other districts to facilitate adoption.
  5. Regulate and monitor the progress of adoption of each child declared legally free for adoption and take necessary actions for expediting the case.
  6. Track the progress of application of each Prospective Adoptive Parent registered in Child Adoption Resource Information and Guidance System for adopting a child or children from the district and take necessary actions for expediting the case .
  7. Maintain a panel of professionally qualified or trained social workers and set up counselling centre with support of State Adoption Resource Agency or the Authority to assist Specialised Adoption Agency or Child Care Institution, for:-
  8. Counselling and preparation of the Home Study Report of the prospective adoptive parents.
  9. Preparation of the Child Study Report and counselling of older children.
  10. Preparing post-adoption follow-up report.
  11. Preparing family background report in cases of inter-country relative adoptions.
  12. Post adoption counselling to adopted children and adoptive parents.
  13. Assisting and counselling of older adoptees in root search.
  14. Supervise and monitor adoption programme in the district.
  15. Ensure that data relating to the adoption programme is being updated by Specialised Adoption Agency in the Child Adoption Resource Information and Guidance System on time and in correct manner.
  16. Assist State Adoption Resource Agency and the Authority in all matters related to adoption.
  17. Assist the Child Welfare Committee in the restoration effort and in completing the process for declaring the abandoned children legally free for adoption, including publishing information of the child in the newspaper, obtaining the social investigation report from the probation officer and non-traceable report from police with the help of Specialised Adoption Agency.
  18. DCPU shall update adoption related information on CARINGS, as specified in Schedule XVI and XVII or as given in the format online by the Authority.
  19. DCPU shall facilitate registration of PAPs, uploading of their documents, and addressing the technical difficulties faced by the SAA.
  20. The quorum of the Adoption Committee in case of adoption of a child would have three members along with an official from the DCPU (mandatory).
  21. In case the adoptive parents relocate, then this information has to be furnished to the DCPU and the SAA that conducted the Home study of the PAPs. The DCPU shall prepare the post adoption follow-up report on their current address.
  22. In case of disruption in in-country adoption at the stage of pre-adoption foster care
  23. Before filing a petition, the child shall be taken back by the Specialised Adoption Agency concerned with information to District Child Protection Unit.
  24. After the petition has been filed in the court, the child shall be taken back by the Specialised Adoption Agency and adoption application shall be withdrawn from the court concerned with intimation to District Child Protection Unit.
  25. In cases of root search by older adoptees, the DCPU shall facilitate his root search whenever contacted by any adoptee.
  26. In case of Inter-Country Relative Adoption, on receipt of all requisite documents on CARINGS, the Authority shall forward the same to DCPU for obtaining family background report of the child proposed for adoption, as provided in Schedule XXI of Adoption Regulations 2017. The DCPU shall get the family background report conducted by its social worker, it can charge a fee as stipulated in the norms prescribed by the Authority from time to time and forward the same to AFAA or CA or IDM.
  27. In case of Inter-Country Relative Adoption, the PAPs shall furnish a copy to the DCPU for online submission to the Authority.
  28. District Child Protection Unit shall as far as possible, provide training to Child Care Institutions to enable them to become well-equipped Specialised Adoption Agencies.

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