NGO struggles to find home for disabled boy, 15

CHENNAI: A 15-year-old boy with developmental disabilities, who escaped from an orphanage to look for his parents, was rescued by Childline volunteers from Kodambakkam on Sunday evening. What followed was a six-hour-long struggle to find a temporary shelter for the teenager in the city till his family could be traced.The child welfare committee in Chennai, informed by the NGO, initially referred the boy to the government children’s home in Royapuram. However, officials there refused to take him in saying they had no facility for mentally challenged children.

Childline then called Sri Arunodayam Charitable Trust in Kolathur, one of the two government-aided orphanages in the city that cater exclusively to abandoned children with special needs. “We had to turn them down as there is no space for more children in our facility,” said S Iyyappan who runs two separate facilities for girls and boys with physical and mental disabilities.

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