Ghana’s Parliament has passed the Children’s (Amendment) Bill, 2016 into Law.
The Bill amends the Children’s Act, 1998 (Act 560), to make provisions in respect of foster-care and adoptions to meet International Standards.
Currently, placement of vulnerable children in foster-care and adoption is uncoordinated, making it impossible to track the whereabouts and welfare of children, who come into the alternative care system. Individual officers of the Children’s Department and Homes, both private and public, place children in foster-care and adoption without feeling obligated to account for their decision to superior officers or the Department.
There is also no effective system in place to monitor children sent out of the country on inter-country adoptions. The revised Act addresses the aforementioned issues and other matters.
The amendments to Act 560, will enable Ghana to better comply with alternative care provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1990, the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and the 1993 Hague Convention.
The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur, sponsored the passed Bill.