|GOVERNMENT OF SIERRA LEONE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, STATE HOUSE TOWER HILL, FREETOWN. SIERRA LEONE INQUIRY INTO HANCI ADOPTIONS|
MEDIA ADVISORY NOTE
SH/001/10 DATE: 15TH October, 2010
INQUIRY INTO HANCI ADOPTIONS
Freetown: A Commission of Inquiry to look into adoption cases of Help A Needy Child International (HANCI), a non-governmental organization – MAPs, has been sworn-in by President Ernest Bai Koroma at his Hill Station Presidential Lodge.
The four-member Commission was presented by Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children's Affairs Dr, Soccoh Kabia who said its establishment was as a result of a Cabinet directive in June 2nd 2010 to look into the Adoption cases.
The terms of reference of the Commission are :
(ii) Whether the whole adoption process was transparent and fully explained to the parents by HANCI prior to their approval.
(iii) Establish whether the adoption process meets International Standards on inter-country adoption, and if not, how the situation can be rectified.
(iv) Make further recommendations to government on how to prevent recurrence of cases of such nature, while taking into account measures already put in place by government.
(v) To ensure that all adoptions occur strictly in accordance with the laws of Sierra Leone and to meet the standards of the Hague convention on inter-country adoption.
Administering the oath of office to the Commissioners, President Koroma thanked them for accepting to serve, pointing out that government had been confronted with the difficulty of trying to establish of the process involved in the adoptions.
While accepting the big challenge involved, the President was convinced that they will come out with recommendations that will serve the country very well and stand the test of time.
The Commission Chairperson Justice Adeliza Showers observed that they are fully aware that the welfare of children is of special concern to President Koroma and promised to discharge their duties to the best of their ability, within the prescribed time. Other members of the Commission are Mr.Albert K. Kanu and Mr.Mustapha Rogers, with Mr. Sheriff Kamara serving as Secretary.
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