In 2008, the bodies of 890 abandoned infants were recovered, and the number increased to 999 in 2009. By 2010, the number spiked to 1,210, and in 2011, 70 bodies of infants were found in Karachi alone. (source: Edhi Foundation)
Abandoned infants are sometimes recovered from junkyards, graveyards and isolated places where people feel the risk of being captured by police is low. Abandoned children who do not make it to orphanages/charitable organizations are sold to childless couples or are trafficked to interested parties.
The number of dead babies picked up by Edhi Foundation’s ambulances has increased by almost 20 percent each year since 2010.
Due to threat of social ostracization:
- Abortions are preferred over abandonment;
- Abandonment happens in environments where chances of child survival is nil;
- Child trafficking is prominent as infants are sold to childless couples;
- Lack of statistical information as only dead bodies found are reported.
Imkaan Ghar – An Adoption Programme
Initiated in 2012 and Imkaan’s very initiative, Imkaan Ghar is an adoption programme for abandoned babies. It caters to the needs and well-being of a minor from the time of abandonment to placement with forever families. The ultimate goal of Imkaan is to ensure that children abandoned at birth are provided emergency healthcare if needed, sheltered in a secure and loving environment and then placed with forever families.
All children abandoned at Imkaan Ghar undergo thorough medical examination with registered practitioners so that a complete and comprehensive health evaluation can be provided to their eventual adoptive families. Detailed dossiers on the health needs of each individual child who is placed through Imkaan Ghar are maintained so their adoptive families may be better prepared to meet their specific needs adequately.
Whilst these children are tended to at Imkaan Ghar, both physically and emotionally, potential adoptive parents are screened and prepared by Imkaan’s own qualified team of clinicians and social workers, to eventually receive them into their homes. Imkaan’s lawyers work closely with those seeking to adopt, to ensure due diligence in the legal process. They also advise prospective parents on pertinent matters such as setting up a trust fund for the child or children they adopt.
In its effort to find every abandoned infant a safe home and loving family, Imkaan realizes that some may not find accommodation easily due to being innocent carriers of contagious to life-threatening diseases. In such cases, Imkaan is committed to finding forever homes or in the alternative sponsor families to help subsidize the child’s living costs whilst he or she continues to be cared for at Imkaan Ghar itself.
For families and individuals who hope to build or complete their family through adoption, please fill out the form below. Please note that it may take up to two years for your application to be processed. If your application is selected, the organization will contact you personally.