One of our Indian field partners that rescue unwanted girl babies from infant cradles, under bridge overpasses and literally from the garbage dumps have a waiting list from qualified Indian families that are willing to adopt and raise a girl as their very own child.
Within a Few Weeks She Will Be Adopted by an Indian Family.
Then the director quietly shared that he receives phone calls almost everyday asking them to accept a girl baby that has been abandoned and he must tell them he can not take the child. I should learn to guard myself against the paradoxes that seem to challenge almost every issue but as I listened my mind started screaming,
“WHAT!…WHY?…YOU HAVE A HIGHER DEMAND FOR GIRL BABIES BUT YOU LIMIT THE NUMBER OF UNWANTED GIRL BABIES YOU ACCEPT WHICH MEANS THESE GIRLS WILL MOST LIKELY BE KILLED BY THEIR PARENTS WHEN THEY TAKE HER HOME!!”
My response sounded a lot like Ricky Ricardo when Lucy would mess up on the “I Love Lucy” television show from years gone by -
“Lucy, yuv got some splan’n to do!”
First – the government will only allow the adoptive family to reimburse the agency, orphanage or baby home 50 rupees ($1.00 USD) per day the girl baby stays in the home.
Second – a higher level of care is needed by the newborn girl baby (staff, healthcare, etc.) before she is healthy enough to be adopted in 4 to 6 months.
Third – there are expenses to complete home visits, adoptive family evaluations, followup visits and legal paperwork to ensure the girl child is placed in a loving home.
Consequently, the real costs to rescue and care for a girl child is actually 250 to 300 rupees ($5 to $6) per day. So, the net cost after receiving the reimbursement from the adoptive family to the baby home is about $600 to rescue, care and place a baby girl into an Indian family home.
Because the Indian families that are wanting to adopt these girls have the financial means to provide 100% of the cost to raise the child, the need for long-term (18 year) sponsorships go away for every child that is adopted at 6 months. Now, do the math. $35 to $40 per month for 18 years to raise a girl child in an orphanage = $9,000+ versus a one time gift of $600 that would allow this one baby home to give a wanting and loving Indian family a little girl.
The director sadly shared he was on a strict budget and simply did not have the funds to take in more abandoned girl babies. He must be fiscally responsible to the organization.
I realize this is not the panacea in solving the entire problem of female infanticide and gender identification feticide in India. But my challenge to the director was how many more girl babies each year could you realistically rescue and and place in a loving Indian home each year – 5, 10, 25, 50 if the funds were there? In the next week I will hear back.
My question to you and me – are we willing to hear the answer and how will we respond?