Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) is a statutory body of Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India.
It functions as the nodal body for adoption of Indian children and is mandated to monitor and regulate in-country and inter-country adoptions.
CARA is designated as the Central Authority to deal with inter-country adoptions in accordance with the provisions of the Hague Convention
on Inter-country Adoption, 1993, ratified by Government of India in 2003.
CARA primarily deals with adoption of orphan, abandoned and surrendered children through its associated /recognised adoption agencies.
Do's: i) Only adopt from Specialised Adoption Agencies (SAAs) recognised by State Governments.
ii) Read the Guidelines carefully on the website and follow the due procedure.
Don'ts: i) Do not approach any nursing home, hospital, maternity home, unauthorised institution or individual for adoption.
Adoption means a legal process that allows someone to become the parent of a child, even though the parent and child are not related by blood. But in every other way, adoptive parents are the child's parents
Every resident Indian Prospective Adoptive Parent (PAP), who intends to adopt a child, shall register online in Child Adoption Resource Information and Guidance System by filling up the application form as provided in Schedule-5 and uploading the relevant documentsread
Various recognised agencies and authorities have been assigned roles to facilitate adoption process as per Guidelines Governing Adoption of Children-2015
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