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Fallen Through the Fabric of Family: A systemic study of India’s child abandonment crisis

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Aniket Malge, Arathy Aluckal, Parvathy Arangath, and Sarvesh Rv

Child abandonment is a pressing issue that continues to impact societies worldwide, and India is no exception. This abstract presents a systemic study conducted to comprehend the complex dynamics surrounding India’s child abandonment crisis, with a particular focus on its implications for fostering an inclusive and resilient society. We aim to shed light on the challenges faced by abandoned children and propose strategies to address this crisis effectively.

The study delves into the multifaceted causes that contribute to child abandonment in India. Economic hardships, social stigmas, lack of access to healthcare and education, and inadequate support systems are identified as key factors. By understanding these root causes, we can develop comprehensive solutions that tackle the problem at its core.

To address the child abandonment crisis, a holistic approach that encompasses various stakeholders is essential. The study highlights the importance of collaborative efforts involving government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), communities, and individuals. By fostering strong partnerships and encouraging community involvement, we can create a supportive environment that empowers families and helps prevent child abandonment.
Furthermore, the study explores the vital role of education and awareness campaigns in changing societal attitudes towards child abandonment. By promoting empathy, compassion, and understanding, we can reduce the stigma associated with abandoned children and create an environment where they are accepted and nurtured. Education campaigns should target diverse audiences, including parents, caregivers, educators, and community leaders, to ensure a widespread impact.

The study also emphasizes the significance of strengthening social welfare systems to provide effective support for vulnerable families. By enhancing access to healthcare, financial assistance, and social services, we can alleviate the economic and social pressures that often lead to child abandonment. Additionally, creating safe spaces and opportunities for abandoned children to reintegrate into society is crucial. Rehabilitation programs, including counselling, vocational training, and educational support, can empower these children to build a brighter future.
In conclusion, this study presents a systemic analysis of India’s child abandonment crisis, aiming to foster an inclusive and resilient society. By comprehending the root causes, promoting awareness, and strengthening social welfare systems, we can create a supportive environment that nurtures and protects abandoned children. The findings of this study have far-reaching implications for policymakers, NGOs, communities, and individuals invested in creating a society where every child’s rights and well-being are valued and protected.

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Author(s): Aniket Malge, Arathy Aluckal, Parvathy Arangath, and Sarvesh RV
Year: 2023
Title: Fallen Through the Fabric of Family: A systemic study of India’s child abandonment crisis
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD12
Article No.: pre-release
URL: https://rsdsymposium.org/child-abandonment-india
Host: Georgetown University
Location: ONLINE
Symposium Dates: February 26–May 6, 2024
First published: 30 December 2023
Last update: February 01, 2024
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404