There is no other option like family for the healthy and balanced development of children. However, due to some adverse circumstances, it is not possible for the orphaned children to grow up in their natural family, thus raising the option in their children’s institutions. According to the sociological point of view, the institution can only be considered as a last resort for the child. Therefore, instead of keeping such destitute orphans in an institutional environment, keeping them in an alternative family and raising them in a natural environment can lead to their healthy and balanced development.
Eligibility Criteria: – Under this scheme all orphan children aged 0 to 18 years living in Gujarat whose parents do not exist will be eligible to avail the benefits. The child whose father has died and the mother is remarried will have to submit the marriage certificate of the mother remarrying.
Rate of Assistance: Parents or close relatives who are caring for orphaned children will be paid monthly assistance of Rs.
Income limit: The annual income of the foster parents is to be more than Rs.1,3 in the rural area and Rs.1,3 in the urban area.
Terms of the plan
Beneficiaries taken by foster parents for upbringing should be placed in Anganwadi for children aged 6 to 8 years and compulsory schooling should be imparted to children above 3 years of age. If the child’s study is stopped, the support will be stopped.
The certificate of the program officer of ICDS (Integrated Child Development Scheme) for the children going to Anganwadi and the certificate of the principal of the school for the children going to school have to be submitted by 15th July every year.
A certified instance of the death of the child’s parents will be required.
Assistance will be stopped if the child’s mother is remarried and the child goes to live with the mother.
A sample of the application can be downloaded free from the account’s website https://sje.gujarat.gov.in/dsd or from the nearest Children’s Home / District Social Security Officer’s Office / District Child Protection Officer’s Office. Assistance will be available from the month of application upon approval of the application.
The implementation of this scheme is to be done at the district level by the superintendent of the district children’s home. In the district in which the children’s home is not functioning, the form of the scheme will be accepted and further action will be taken by the district child protection unit. And the District Social Security Officer will be responsible for payment.
At each district level, the Sponsorship and Approval Committee (SFCAC) will review the recommendations and order eligible parents to pay assistance.
Children who are benefiting from any other similar state or central scheme will not be eligible for this scheme.
This amount has to be paid to the beneficiary’s account by direct payment (DBT) method of account pay check. Such foster parents or approved close relatives i.e. the beneficiary will have to open his / her joint name account with the child’s name in the bank / post office.
An application with incomplete details will not be considered.