Coordinator: Rev. Canon Stanley N. Nweze
Secretary: Mr. Kingsley O. Ilo
A.  Statement of Intents
Name: Children and Abandonment in the Society (CAAS)
B. Research Focus:
In recent times, the menace of abandoned children has no doubt posed one of the sociological challenges in the present-day world. To this end, there are children in all directions with reports of abandonment, exploitation, misery and oppression by un-identified parents. These children most probably are abandoned by their parents for varying reasons. They may include avoiding the sin of committing murder or abortion, inability of parents to take care of children due to poverty, and the position of the custom and the tradition of the land on pregnancy outside marriage. Some of the parents are said to be ashamed of having children outside marriage. Such parents mostly students feel ashamed of disappointing their parents who are responsible for their training in schools. The situation on ground has really increased the number of abandoned children in our society. In most cases, they are abandoned along the streets, thrown into the pit- toilets, dustbins and bushes as well as willful abandonment in some hospitals after delivery.
The consequences of abandonment of children are numerous including exposure to certain inhuman practices such as domestic slavery, rituals, child labour, child abuses, child neglects and child trafficking. These abandoned children are sometimes classified among the poor people in the contemporary society and cannot have access to sound education, good health and social amenities like other children in the same society. These abandoned children are denied of their parental duties to them, which include giving them names, caring for their physical needs, educating them, disciplining them and laying up inheritance for them. These social vices encourage these unfortunate children to have deviant behaviours that affect everybody in the society without exception. Obviously, these abandoned children are prone to many of the social vices in the contemporary society. Hence, they create many societal problems ranging from stealing, armed robbery, immorality as well as becoming bandits, when they are not properly trained. The result is the increased collapse of societal and moral values in the contemporary society among teenagers.
However, the research group focuses on the plight of abandoned children in the society due to several factors. It also seeks means of addressing their numerous problems that have far reaching implications on the socioeconomic development of the society. It is concerned with the plight of the children of un-identified parents who are kept by these religious or charitable organizations in orphanages and baby homes. This will surely restore the hope of these abandoned children in our society.
C. Proposed Research Topics:
1. The Effects of Boko Haram Insurgency on Children of the Eastern Nigerians
2. Child Abuses in the Contemporary Nigerian Society and Social Development in the Eastern Nigeria.
3.  Socio-Religious implications of adoption of Children in the South-Eastern Region of Nigeria.
D. Composition of the Group
1. Rev. Canon Stanley N. Nweze Coordinator – Department of Religion       and Cultural Studies, University of      Nigeria, Nsukka.
2. Dr. Anuli B. Okoli  Department of Religion  and Cultural Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
3. Mrs. Ijeoma G. Ikejiofor   Department of Geography, University of Nigeria, Nsukka
4. Mrs. Christy N.  Obi-keguna  Department of Social Work, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
5. Mr. Kingsley O. Ilo    Department of Political Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
6. Rev. Chijioke C. Ude    Department of Religion and Cultural Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka
7. Mrs. Ukamaka N. Nweze   Department of Educational Foundations, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
8. Agbawodikeizu, Patricia Uju   Department of Social Work, University of Nigeria, Nsukka