“Bal Asha Trust believes in sharing of knowledge and information between stakeholders in the society for the ultimate benefit of the children in need of care and protection”.
Bal Asha Trust organizes and conducts workshops, seminars, conferences on various issues mainly on Adoption, Implementation of Juvenile Justice Act 2006 (Care and Protection), Quality Care in Institutions and Child Sexual Abuse. The programme are designed for different stake holders within our society like Police, Government Officers, Public, NGOs, Adopters and general public.
The objective is to disseminate information and knowledge. The key idea is to provide help to the child in need of care and protection.
Bal Asha Trust has organized and conducted 38 such programs for different stakeholders.
The most prominent are:-
The first National Adoption Workshop 1995 in Mumbai for participants from all over the country. His Excellency Ex-Governer of Maharashtra Mr. P. C. Alexandra inaugurated the workshop and the valedictory function was presided over by Mr. Manohar Joshi, Ex Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
Bal Asha Trust also organized “Adoption Karyashala 2007”. The workshop was organized in 5 cities namely Kolhapur, Nasik, Mumbai, Nagpur and Aurangabad in 2007.
The workshop was for government officers of the women and child development and NGOs running residential homes for orphan, abandoned and destitute children. Information to participants on various laws under which residential homes need to be registered, quality child care in these homes, Adoption, record keeping and other information to improve the overall working of the residential homes in the state of Maharashtra, where given during the workshop.
Public Seminar on Child Adoption was organized on 14th November 2009 at YMCA, Colaba, Mumbai. The seminar was attended by more than 85 persons from various walks of life although with a common intention to know more about Child Adoption. The seminar highlighted various aspects of medical, emotional, social preparation which families need to consider while adopting. The procedures and documentation required in Adoption along with laws were also highlighted in the seminar. An Adoptive couple also shared their positive experience with the group. The seminar was supported by Barclays Bank.
Workshop for Mumbai Police “Implementation of Juvenile Justice Act 2006” held on 27thMarch 2010. The workshop was inaugurated by Shri. D. Shivanandan, Commissioner, Mumbai Police. The workshop discussed role of Police under the JJ Act, highlighted smooth process for interventions for children in need of care and protection. The workshop was supported by Barclays Bank.
The workshop was attended by more than 480 NGOs. The programme was supported by following NGOs Kolhapur & Mumbai – Maje Maher, Nagpur – Bal Ashraya, Aurangabad – Sakar, Nasik – Adharashram.
The trust has also published books and resource materials on different subjects.
“Adoption – Issues, Laws & Procedures” in English by Madhavi Hegde Karandikar, MSW
“Adoption – Ek Sundar Paryay” in Marathi by Madhavi Hegde Karandikar, MSW
“Kaunteya Radheye” in Marathi by Madhavi Hegde Karandikar, MSW – Published by Grandhali.