Two-and-a-half year old Adithi (name changed) knows how to deal with anybody who tries to admonish her by telling that she is ‘chottu.’ She understands three languages, English, Malayalam and Bengali. It was a little over a year ago that she was adopted by a couple settled in Gwalior, of whom the husband hails from Bengal and the wife from Kerala.
The little girl with her parents and similar others had arrived at the get-together of adopted children and their families organised at the Kerala State Council for Child Welfare in the city on Thursday. In cliche-ridden statements, it can be called an emotional or happy get-together, but it was beyond these definitions for the kids and parents alike.
It was after a long wait of three-and-a-half years that the couple could adopt Adithi from the Council and still, they say, the procedures of adoption are not over. “Along with attending this programme, we are here to hear the final judgment regarding adoption. Now she is attending play school and is yet to get the birth certificate issued,” said her mother.
Another couple from the city suburbs felt that their life was going haywire, until adopting a baby boy seven months old, who is now attending anganwadi. For 17 long years of married life, they had waited to be blessed by a biological child, but took the decision to adopt when loneliness gripped them badly.
“Initially, friends and relatives told us on the problems to be encountered in future if a child is adopted. But now, he has become such an integral part of our lives that we cannot imagine a day without him,” the father said.
A sumptuous feast and cultural programmes were also arranged for the kids at the Council. The get-together was inaugurated by District Collector K N Satheesh. Director for Social Welfare M S Jaya was also present.