OrphanCARE Baby Hatch
HRH Sultanah Pahang Sultanah Kalsom launched Malaysia’s first baby hatch and OrphanCARE’s operations centre on 29th May 2010. Dato’ Seri Shahrizat Jalil, Minister of Women, Family & Community Development and Dato’ Adnan Mohd Tahir, President of OrphanCARE were also present to officiate the launch.
It is heart-wrenching to read about and see pictures of abandoned babies, many of whom are left to die in places such as toilets and rubbish bins. In Malaysia, the incidence of abandoned babies is reported to be about 100 cases per year. However the actual number of babies that are abandoned is not really known and is estimated to be higher than that. Reported cases may be just the tip of the iceberg; with a large proportion of “hidden” cases whereby the babies are given up for adoption and managed in a private and illegal manner by those who offer refuge.
With the establishment of the Baby Hatch at OrphanCARE’s premises, it is hoped that there will be a reduction in the number of babies abandoned in unsafe places. Our aim is to discourage women, especially young unwed mothers who have nowhere to turn to for help, from abandoning their babies by providing the assurance that their babies would be placed with caring parents.[/two_third_last]
How the Baby Hatch works
An online demonstration of the state-of-art baby hatch can be viewed from the following blog link: Baby Hatch demonstration
OrphanCARE has the support of the Ministry of Women, Family & Community Development and is in fact working closely with the Ministry. The Ministry is establishing a task force to review and update the Adoption Acts, Registration Act etc and has invited OrphanCARE to be part of the task force. OrphanCARE also intends to work with other Government departments, NGOs, the media and members of the public to help reduce the number of orphans living in orphanages and abandoned babies in Malaysia.