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11.11.2005 Regional News

Children should be treated in accordance with Children's Act

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Somanya, Nov 11, GNA - The Yilo-Krobo District Officer of the Social Welfare, Ms Augustina Nartey, has stressed the need for people caring for orphaned and vulnerable children to treat them in accordance with the Child Rights Act.

She said every child, irrespective of whether he or she is living with the real or foster parents, was entitled to live in a conducive environment where his or her human dignity would be respected. Ms Nartey was speaking at a forum on orphans and vulnerable children organized by the Yilo Krobo Queenmothers Association at Somanya on Thursday.

She called for byelaws by the district assemblies to promote and protect the rights of orphaned and vulnerable children. Ms Nartey advised foster parents caring for orphans in the area to be careful with the treatment they give to those children because the best interest of the child should be paramount.

Mr Christian Tettey, the acting District Chief Executive of Yilo Krobo, said the government was interested in building the human resource base of the country to which every child formed a part and pledged the assembly's support to the queen mothers in caring for the children. He donated 10 million cedis to be distributed amongst the foster parents for the care of the orphans and assured them of the continuous support of the assembly in the affairs of the children. The President of the Yilo Krobo Queenmothers Association, Nene Korlekuor Adjado III, said the orphans who about 100, were mostly under 18 staying with the queen mothers.

She called for collaboration and support from the citizens of the area, especially those who are in good standing, to enable them continue with the project.