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12 May 2013 :: 16:05:31 pm 74545

People Afraid To Adopt Mixed-Race Thai Toddler

A 1-year-old Thai Eurasian toddler was abandoned by its addict mother and unknown father. Nong Pla Lai residents are caring for the child, but fear legal problems if they try to adopt him. Journalists were asked to help find the absent farang father to take responsibility.
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PATTAYA – May 11, 2013 [Pattaya Daily News]: A journalist was informed about an abandoned Thai-white toddler by Ms. Sukanya Seaton, the president of Seaton Foundation, Pattaya, Banglamung, Chonburi.

The residents of Nong Pla Lai were taking turns caring for the boy, who is 1 year, 4 months old. The toddler was hungry but there was no breast milk for him to drink. Residents also feared the homeless boy would eventually become an outlaw when he grows up.

The boy is currently being looked after by Mrs. Noi Khiaokaeo, 45 years old, a food seller living in a rental room with no number on moo 3, Nong Pla Lai, Banglamung, Chonburi.

Worried residents informed Ms. Sukanya Seaton, who checked on the situation. She found Mrs. Noi was looking after the boy well, and Mrs. Noi had to carry him all the time, even while she was cooking, if he had not fallen asleep yet.

Ms. Sukanya examined the child’s birth certificate that was from Banglamung hospital. He was born on January 15, 2012, at 1:02 a.m., and his name was Napat Sangsampao, or New. His mother is listed as Miss Naphawarn Sangsampao. But the certificate did not list a father.

Ms. Sukanya gave Mrs. Noi some food and milk for the child, and told Mrs. Noi that if the boy requires any further expenses for his care, she can contact the foundation.

Mrs. Noi said she initially heard about a Thai-white baby being abandoned, but no one knew why. But a lot of residents took turns looking after him, because he was really clever and so cute. But they were all afraid of the law and the legal responsibility in the future.

The boy had been abandoned on April 15, when a woman who looked like a dyke carried the boy to her, along with a birth certificate from the hospital.

The dyke told Mrs. Noi that the toddler had no one to look after him. The boy had no father, and his mother had gone to jail on a charge of selling drugs.

Afterwards, Mrs. Noi kept the child. But police officers and residents were warning her to beware of the law, because she keeping another person’s child.

But Mrs. Noi could not leave the helpless boy because she felt pity, so she went to ask some advice from Ms. Sukanya, the president of Seaton foundation, who was glad to help.

Ms. Sukanya said that from checking the boy’s birth certificate, it did not say much, not who the father is, or even his nationality. But from looking at the boy, she guessed that his unknown father might be German or Russian. The boy had good health, was lovely, and loved by people who had seen him.

Recently, there were teachers from Pattaya International School who came to give clothes and powdered milk. They said if the boy has problems getting admitted to a school, the international school would teach him.

Ms. Sukanya said it seemed to be a case where the boy’s mother got pregnant, but the father did not look after her or give her any money. So the mother might have gotten stressed, and turned to drugs and got arrested, and had to leave the boy with others.

Regarding the legal process of naming a guardian, Ms. Sukanya continued that the first step was to proceed about filing to have the government birth certificate, to make it easier for the boy to attend school in the next step.

But as for keeping the boy, he has apparently found a new home with Mrs. Noi, since she cares for him so well, and he receives the warmth that Mrs. Noi gives him. If Mrs. Noi wants to adopt him, the first step is contacting the boy’s mother to ask if she will agree to give him up for adoption.

But since the identity or nationality of the father is not known, the authorities have to ask the mother herself to connect with the father, and ask him for his opinion, or to take responsibility.

Reporter : Nattaphummint   Photo : Nattaphummint   Category : Community News

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