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Panama & the Global Community

Bill No. 551: 
  • LIMITS # of family members investigated  
  • SETS time limit for process of children being declared adoptable, with sanctions if not enforced 
  • CREATES Foster Care department in Panama 
  • PERMITS Foster Families to adopt their foster children

Signed,

Brittany DeVries

This petition closed about 1 year ago

How this will help


Of 2400 children living in 34 institutions across Panama only 90 are currently in a state of "Adoptability".  The remaining children are pending files, waiting years for their family...

Of 2400 children living in 34 institutions across Panama only 90 are currently in a state of "Adoptability".  The remaining children are pending files, waiting years for their family investigations to be completed.  The completion of a child's family investigation will determine whether the child is reunited with their biological family or declared "adoptable".  Children age out of institutions at 18 and are high-risk for human trafficking, prostitution, teen pregnancy and crime.  Because SENNIAF does not have a department dedicated to the monitoring and implementation of Foster Care, Foster Care is rarely used despite being acknowledged by leading authorities as Best Practice.  And the current law, Law 61, makes it illegal for Foster Parents to adopt their Foster Children.  For older children this may be the child's only chance of being adopted.   We have been told that the children "are being well cared for", they have a roof over their heads - food and clothes.  But they are not living in a family!  They are growing up deprived of the love of a mother and a father.  Your signature will let legislators in Panama know these children matter, we must create efficiencies within the system to ensure they are placed in safe, loving family environments as soon as possible. The future of over 2400 children hang in the balance. ACT NOW!  SIGN OUR PETITION.

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