Widows, deserted wives, economically backward women and girls rescued from child marriage who are neglected by their families are taken care of in the Service homes. Nine Government Service Homes, one each at Chennai, Salem, Cuddalore, Thanjavur, Tirunelveli, Sivagangai, Madurai, Krishnagiri and Perambalur are functioning in Tamil Nadu. The Service Homes provide suitable accommodation, food, health and medical facilities. The inmates can also pursue their schooling if they had discontinued their studies. The widows and deserted wives are also permitted to bring up their children in a conducive atmosphere in these Service Homes. A maximum of three children can be kept by a mother. While the Girl children are provided education upto XII Standard, male children are provided with the educational facility in the Service Home itself upto V Standard. Vocational skills are also provided to enable them to have economic sustainability. Life skills viz., computer training, spoken english and counseling for selection of higher studies and future career guidance are also provided in these homes.
HIGHER EDUCATION TO GIRLS
To continue higher studies the Government is providing financial assistance of ` 50,000 for pursuing professional courses and `30,000 for Degree / Diploma courses to the ex-inmates who have completed +2 in Service Homes and Government Children Homes. Many girls from 26 Government Children Homes and 9 Service Homes were benefitted under this scheme. Training relating to repair of Electronic and Electrical Consumer Appliances, Plumbing etc., are given under Tamil Nadu Skill Development Mission to the inmates of Government Children Home, Government Service Home and the beneficiaries of Chief Minister‟s Girl Child Protection Scheme.