Abandoned at 1, child finds home in Spain

TNN | Dec 26, 2015, 12.22 AM IST

NEW DELHI: A five-year-old boy, who was abandoned at Old Delhi railway station when he was barely a year old, has found a Spanish mother with a trial court observing that it would be in the boy’s “best interest” if he is given in adoption to the Barcelona-based woman.The court’s order came on a petition of SOS Children’s Village of India, a charitable society, seeking that the minor be given in adoption to 46-year-old Natalia Folch Molero and she be allowed to take the child to Spain.

Allowing the petition, the court noted that Molero had given an undertaking that she will look after the minor in the best possible manner and “to the best of her ability”. However, while allowing the plea, the court imposed several conditions and directed her to execute a personal bond of Rs 10 lakh and she should take care of the minor, educate him and bring him to India before the court as and when required.”Taking into account fitness of respondent (Molero) and the factum that the child is still below the age of five years and it would be appropriate that an expeditious adoption is permitted so that he integrates into his new family, it is considered appropriate to allow the petition and the minor is allowed to be given in adoption to respondent with directions to the respondent to comply with,” district judge Anu Malhotra said.

The organisation, which has been recognised by ministry of women and child development’s central adoption resource authority for placing children in adoption, submitted that the woman was keen to adopt the child, whom she had met and spent some time with. The court also noted that the organisation’s official deposed before it that when the woman met the child, he was comfortable with her and even though the child has a speaking problem, she was able to understand him.The petition said police officials had handed over the boy to SOS Children’s Village as nobody came to claim him. He was later declared abandoned and free for adoption. The organisation told the court that the woman was an unmarried Spanish national who wanted to adopt the child as her son to complete her family. The woman said she was employed as an instructor with a company in Barcelona and her annual income was Euro 11,200, which was sufficient for bringing up the boy.