Social Welfare Department

Government of Meghalaya

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Social Defence

1. Trafficking of Women and Children

The State Advisory Committee headed by the Additional Chief Secretary has been constituted comprising of officials and members of the NGO's.The Department has notified a State Nodal Officer for the purpose of coordinating with the NGO's and other concerned Department to combat the menace of trafficking of women and children in the State. The Nodal Officer may be contacted in the following number 0364-2225266 for more details

2. Adoption

Adoption is a process by which a child who has been abandoned or given up by his/her biological parents and without any family is given a safe secure and loving family through legal process.

The adoption unit was set up at the Directorate of Social Welfare with Assistant Director of Social Welfare (Social Defence) as the Officer in charge.

The State Level Advisory Committee on Adoption was constituted during 2001. The function of the Committee is to promote in country adoption in the State and to monitor the performance of the adoption programme.

Shishu Greha a scheme of assistance to voluntary organisation for providing a home to children who become destitute at a very early age and for promotion of in country adoption for children 0-6 years is sponsored by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment under the supervision of CARA with the recommendation of the State Government (Social Welfare).

3. Juvenile Justice Act

Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 is an act relating to children below 18 years in conflict with law and children in need of care and protection by providing proper care, protection and treatment catering to their development needs and by adopting child-friendly approach in the adjudication and disposition of matter in the best interest of children and for their ultimate rehabilitation through various institutions established under this Act.

Three Homes viz Observation Homes was set up in the State under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme for temporary reception of children in conflict with law during the pendency of inquiry. The services provided to them aims at rehabilitation and social integration of a Juvenile.

Addresses of Observation Homes and their Capacities
Address of Observation Home Capacity
Observation Home Boys Cleve Colony, Shillong. 40 children 
Observation Home Boys Dakopgre, Tura. 26 children
Observation Home Girls New Colony, Laitumkhrah,
10 children 
Shelter Home,
Lower New Colony, Laitumkhrah, Shillong.

Registration of NGO under Juvenile Justice Act
Sl. No. Name & Address of the Institution and Organisation Type of Child Care Institution Presently registered under which Act No. of beneficiaries currently available Date of regn. under JJ Act Whether receiving Govt. grants or not Remarks, if any
1 Integral Tribal Welfare Society Ampati Claret Mission, West Garo Hills Maintenance of Children’s Home Yes 25 nos. 14.9.2009 Yes --
2 St. Mary’s Convent Orphanage under Congregation of our Lady of the Missions, St. Mary’s Convent Shillong, Meghalaya Maintenance of orphanages Yes 100 nos. 14.9.2009 Yes --
3 Orphanage Boy’s Home Mawphlang under KJP Assembly Social Economic Life and Development Association (SELDA) Shillong Maintenance of orphanages Yes 47 nos. 14.9.2009 Yes --
4 St. Joseph’s Girls Mission Home, Dalu West Garo Hills, Meghalaya Maintenance of Girls’ Home Yes 31 nos. 14.9.2009 Yes --
5 SOS Children’s Villa Shillong P.O. Umniam, Ri Bhoi District Meghalaya Maintenance of Children’s Home Yes 171 nos. 22.9.2009 Yes --
6 Don Bosco Girls’ Home Rongkhon West Garo Hills Meghalaya Maintenance of Girls’ Home Yes 49 nos. 14.9.2009 Yes --
7 Sacred Heart Girls’ Home Ampati, West Garo Hills, Meghalaya Maintenance of Girls’ Home Yes 40 nos. 14.9.2009 Yes --
8 Assumption Mission Home, Tikrikilla Maintenance of Girls’ Home Yes 60 nos. 16.11.2009 Yes --
9 St. Peter’s Girls Home Prakhasia West Garo Hills Maintenance of Girls’ Home Yes 40 nos. 16.11.2009 Yes --
10 St. Xavier Society of Christ Jesus Tura West Garo Hills Maintenance of Girl’s Home Yes 70 nos. 14.9.2009 Yes --