The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur has noted that government is bent on overhauling the current adoption regulations to make it flexible and better.
The Minister hinted that the essence of overhauling the country’s adoption system is to sanitize the adoption system. This is to be done by drafting an adoption and foster care regulations as well as the setting up of an adoption authority.
Mrs. Lithur also noted that government has commenced the processes to restructure and reform the operations of the Department of Social Development, formerly known as Social Welfare Department.
According to the sector minister, Nana Oye Lithur, the reforms which will span a five-year period, is being supported with a $5 million funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF).
“We are undergoing restructuring for social development, we really need to look at the role of local government and the role of head office and the ministry and ensure that we are able to facilitate smooth operations of the social development,” the minister said in Ho.
She also disclosed the ministry’s school of social work is being resourced with the support of GETFund so as to train quality social workers for Ghana.
“We want to turn around the school of social work into a centre of excellence for social protection and social work across the West African sub-region.”