Staff Reporter

Adoption centre to have new nursery, amenities

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The nursery and the adoption centre at the Kerala State Council for Child Welfare at Thycaud are undergoing a facelift with new facilities and extended area.

The adoption centre will soon have a new nursery and child care facilities for its inmates.

The 8,000 sq ft facility is coming up on the third floor of the council building. The construction of the adoption centre, which began in July, is expected to be completed in a month.

“We have been dealing with the problem of space shortage for quite sometime as the number of children being brought to the adoption centre is on the rise. As of now we have 42 children up to five years of age at the centre. The new facility will have the capacity to accommodate up to 100 children,” council general secretary P. Krishnan said.

The newly constructed adoption centre will include a crèche, nursery, intensive care unit for sick children, playroom, kitchen, dining room, bathrooms and staff area.

Apart from this, a 5,000 sq ft doll house and science museum are also planned on the first floor of the building. The adoption centre will also have advanced facilities like closed circuit television.

The renovation and construction works at the council building are being done at a cost of around Rs.60 lakh, which includes a Rs.10 lakh grant from the State government.

“We will also have lift facility at the building. Once the construction is completed, the nursery and the adoption centre will be shifted to the new facility and the existing nursery will be converted to office space. We are also planning to buy new cribs, beds and other furniture for the new adoption centre,” Mr. Krishnan said.