Tuna Vaglakoori, Jirah Dachargu Moses Mango, a Denmark based resident of Tuna has adopted a newly born baby girl who was abandoned in a pit of a public toilet at the Tuna market.
The baby was discovered in a plastic bag with the umbilical cord still uncut after her incessant cries drew the attention of a user of the public place of convenience.
The residents after rescuing the baby sent her to the Sawla Police Station and was handed over to health personnel’s for medical examination.
The suspected day-old baby was later handed over to the Nakwabi Children’s Home for proper upkeep and attention.
But speaking on Yagbon Radio Morning show on May 11, 2022, the Chief indicated he had decided to adopt the baby with the believe that the baby is from the Tuna Community and for that matter needs a parental support and care.
According to him, the baby will be moved from the children’s home at Nakwabi to his family house at Tuna for the baby to get the needed care and attention.
In Ghana, the Central Adoption Authority at the Department of Social Welfare is mandated to provide for the conduct of all adoptions in the country.
The Authority, set up under the Children’s (Amendment) Act, 2016, (Act 937) has three major structures, which are the Adoption Board, Technical Committee and the Adoption Secretariat.
The Board recommends policies and programmes and the technical committee, made up of professionals, reviews and decides on adoption applications from home and abroad.
If approved, a clearance letter is issued to the applicant to proceed to court for a legal adoption order to process the adoption.
There are two types of adoption; relative adoption, where the applicant and child have filiation through blood, adoption or marriage, and non-relative adoption, where the applicant and child have no filiation.