Sponsorship is the provision of supplementary support to families for preventing child destitution, abuse, exploitation and it offers holistic child protection including counselling and guidance.
Sponsorship means providing conditional assistance to ensure that the child continues his/her education. It facilitates child care within the family/ extended family environment
Keeping in line with the guiding principles of ICPS, the aim of sponsorship is preserving families and encouraging parents to fulfil their responsibilities towards the growth and development of their children.
Under ICPS, two types of Sponsorship are provided :
Sponsorship has been defined under JJA 2015, and individual, group and community sponsorship have been mentioned.Section 45 of JJA 2015 mentions sponsorship. Primary focus of sponsorship is on deinstitutionalization of children already residing in CCIs. Priority is given to children restored to families and who have either both or at least one parent alive. In certain cases, children staying with the grandparents may be included. The State Guidelines for Sponsorship was developed through consultation with NGOs and experts prior to this notification
Department of CD,WD & SW has passed order for formation of Sponsorship Approval Committee (SFCAC) in each district vide Memo No. 2296 (19)-SW/JJA 2014 dated 11.07.14.
The composition of SFCAC is as follows:
District Child Protection Officer-Chairperson
Protection Officer (Non-Institutional Care)-Member
Protection officer (Institutional Care)-Member
Chairperson/Member, Child Welfare Committee- Member
Representative of SAA-Member
Representative of a Voluntary Organization (working in the area of Child Protection with experience in restoration and family reunification)
Children up to 18 years of age
Children staying in child care institutions for more than six months continuously, who can be restored to their families, with financial support.
Physically disabled children who are school drop out because of financial reasons.
The total income of the family should not be more than Rs.24, 000 per year.
Priority shall be given to :
Rs.1000 per child per month(Rs. 2000/ per child per month under revised ICPS w.e.f 01.04.2014) for maximum 2 children per family. Centre and State ratio is 75:25
Duration:maximum three years or up to 18 years of age, whichever is earlier–other than in exceptional circumstances. However, extension possible upon the review of the sponsorship and Foster care Approval committee (SFCAC).
If any child is migrating to another state while he /she is getting sponsorship, then the sponsorship will be transferred to the CWC of that state. Provision of strong interstate linkages should be there.
The Sponsorship allocation involves the following process :
PO-NIC maintains individual case file, Intake, master & annual register of children under the sponsorship program, makes quarterly home & school visits and submits quarterly report to SFCAC that contributes to the Annual report of DCPU
SFCAC conducts annual review and may terminate sponsorship under specified circumstances on the basis of report submitted by PO-NIC
Sponsorship & foster care fund is created at the disposal of each DCPU.This fund is monitored by SCPS. Sponsorship support is directly transferred to the bank account of the child.
The existing Sponsorship Guidelines will be modified soon as per new JJA. The modified guidelines will offer scope of including children in institutional care under sponsorship.
|Type of Sponsorship||Total Number of Sponsorship disbursed|
|3||North 24 paraganas||0||7||7|
|10||South 24 Paragana||0||8||8|