The founding fathers has paid great attention to caring for orphans, by giving guardianship to those who have no guardian, whether they are minors, interdicted, incapacitated, or missing persons, from birth until they reach the age of 21, and in all educational stages.
Naturally, there must be an entity that takes care of minors, so the (orphanage) was established during the reign of the late Sheikh Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in 1938 and the late Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah assumed its management. The main objective of the home is to preserve the money of the orphan who lost his father and has not yet reached the age of 21, reports Al-Rai daily quoting KUNA.
After that, the name of the home changed to Orphan Affairs Department in 1959, as work procedures began to be organized when those in charge of it at that time realized the increase in the number of reported orphans, and work began to open a special file for each new case.
In 1974, its name was changed to the Department of Minors’ Affairs, since the word “orphans” had a meaning in the language that could not accommodate all those whose money had be protected.
On March 28, 1983, the late Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah issued a law transforming the Department of Minors into a public body with legal personality and attached budget under the supervision of the Minister of Justice, who chairs its board of directors.
The Acting Director General of the Authority, Hamad Al-Barjas, said, “The Authority’s work environment has witnessed advanced transformations over the past years, pointing to the continued development of its services thanks to the Authority’s supreme care and attention to it.”
Al-Barjas explained that the authority is in the process of preparing a future strategy to develop its services and improve its performance, in line with the development vision of the State of Kuwait 2035 and to accelerate the pace of completion of transactions, especially with the increase in the number of beneficiaries of care to about 49 thousand by the end of 2022 of various categories.
He stressed the authority’s keenness to update its investment strategy and continue to grow minors’ funds at an average of 10 percent annually, while reducing risks and adopting tools that are compatible with Islamic law.
He stated that over the past years, decisions and moves aimed at removing challenges and enabling the authority to exercise its role efficiently and effectively within a flexible legislative and administrative framework that guarantees it achieving the interests of those under its care and providing all the services they need have continued.