Who is IAPA?
We are a non-profit, voluntary organization, started in 1970. The founders were a group of professional social workers, adoptive parents and lawyers who were then concerned with the problems involved in the adoption of abandoned and destitute children. Their concern related to their direct experience of the problems either as parents trying to adopt an unrelated child or as professionals helping pre-adoptive parents and promoting the concept of adoption among Indians.
Over the 35 years of our existence, there has been a continuous evolution in the organization's activities. Stemming from the belief that family life is vital to the child's normal and healthy all round growth, the initial concerns with the child permanently deprived of family life, has been extended to other such vulnerable children.
The direct service programmes have been focused on securing permanent family through adoption, preserving those families that are in crisis and strengthening the disadvantaged to brighten the child's future.
Simultaneously, the activities have been directed towards raising awareness, advocacy and upgradation of the standards in serving the child.
Our Principal Concern:-
• The child orphaned and/or abandoned.
• The child who is at risk of severe neglect due to crisis in his/her family.
• The child who faces undue hurdles in getting education & preparation for life due to multiple problems the family is dealing with.
Our mission rests on our belief that care in a loving and nurturing family is critical to a child's physical, mental and emotional growth and well-being. The activities are aimed:
• To secure permanent loving family for the child so deprived, and strengthen families of the children in adverse circumstances.
• To initiate and participate in advocacy for legislative reforms and policy, improvement in practices and procedures for protecting the interests of the child and families.
• To create awareness about the children's situation as well as training of those concerned, to upgrade the services.
• Pre-adoption foster family care for the orphaned /abandoned child and placement in adoption. Pre-adoption and post-adoption counseling, Promotion of adoption.
• Care of the child in crisis situation through family assistance or through foster family care within the community.
• Facilitate education & enrichment of the underprivileged children through financial support and other allied programmes.