The draft Bill seeks to amend the Act;

  • to provide for children’s right to privacy and protection of information;
  • to further provide for the rights of unmarried fathers; to extend the children’s court jurisdiction;
  • to further provide for funding of early childhood development programmes;
  • to provide for the designation and functions for a Registrar of the National Child Protection Register;
  • to further provide for the care of abandoned or orphaned children and additional matters that may be regulated;
  • to further provide for rules relating to care and protection proceedings;
  • to further provide for medical testing of children in need of care and protection or adoption;
  • to provide for additional matters relating to children in alternative care;
  • to further provide for matters relating to adoption and inter-country adoption;
  • to further provide for the hearing of child abduction matters;
  • to further provide for matters relating to surrogate motherhood; and
  • to provide for matters connected therewith.


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