KUALA LUMPUR: OrphanCare Foundation will cooperate with KPJ Healthcare Berhad (KPJ) to provide 10 “baby hatches” at their branches nationwide in efforts to address baby dumping cases.
Its liaison officer Siti Naquiah Fadzil said a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to provide the baby hatches would be signed with KPJ on Oct 10.
“Through the MoU, babies placed at the baby hatch would be handed over to OrphanCare before they are placed with foster families.”
Refuting claims that the existence of baby hatches encouraged more cases of baby dumping and babies born out of wedlock, Siti Naquiah said the foundation’s priority was to save innocent lives and assist childless couples to adopt children.
She said 3,758 applications for adoption had been received so far.
Since its 2010 inception, she said the foundation, which worked closely with the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry, had handed 102 babies to foster families while 63 had been returned to their biological mothers.
Siti Naquiah said over 50% of the biological mothers who handed their babies to OrphanCare were students aged between 18 and 24.
OrphanCare currently operates in Petaling Jaya, Johor Baru and Kota Baru. Another is being planned in Kedah. — Bernama