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There’s more than one way to build a family and adopting a child into your home and your hearts is one of the most wonderful blessing.
family is the primary setting for children’s development, and the importance of
the early years of development for a person’s adult life is increasingly
recognized. By virtue of ratification of
the Convention on Rights of the child, Govt. of India has recognized the
child’s right to a family especially within its own family members and
familial-cultural milieu. With Hague
Convention on Inter-country Adoption coming into force in
Since family adoption has to deal with families of both sides, it is mandatory for both the sides to understand the procedural requirements before initiating such proposal. The purpose is to enable a child to get a loving and caring family within his/her clan group when such placement is considered as best alternative in the given situation. Family adoption will be allowed in exceptional situations where the child to be adopted has a special situation as a result of parent/s death or adoption is thought up for certain situation benefiting families of both side without compromising child’s best interest.
For the purpose of qualifying adoption of a relative’s child, the
prospective adoptive parent should be Indian born in
1.2 Requirements of age criteria and Home Study Report shall be as per In-country Guidelines issued by Central Adoption Resource Agency, Govt. of India.
In case of eventuality or extraordinary circumstances, a second adoption
1.4 In case of Non-Hague counties, the legal measures for finalization of adoption should be as per the concerned country’s laws
2 Criteria for eligible Children:
2.1 A child may as far as possible be placed in adoption when he/she is infant and young and has not reached the age of 6.
2.2 In exceptional cases, an older child above 6 years of age can be considered for adoption and in such case his/her consent shall be obtained.
2.3 The best interest of the child will decide any placement decision.
3.1 Home Study report of the foreign prospective adoptive parents, certificate of eligibility and suitability to adopt from the concerned central authority/accredited agency (as per Art 15 of the Hague Convention) and other documents as prescribed by CARA which will be prepared by the professional social worker of the accredited agency or central authority.
3.2 Approval from the appropriate authority stating that the adopted child shall have all the inherent rights of the biological child and as that of a citizen of that country.
3.3 Undertaking of the sponsoring agency to continuously monitor and maintain a database of all such children placed in family adoption and intimate CARA in case of any disruption.
3.4 An appropriate court order from the competent court in favour of the proposed adoption from the country of origin.
3.5 Information about the proposed child to be adopted and the biological parents have to be prepared by the biological parents themselves in the given format.
photographs of the adoptee, biological parents and the adoptive parents.
4.1 The Foreign Prospective Indian Adoptive Parents (FPAP) after making an informed decision to adopt a child from their relative residing in India have to move an application to central authority dealing with adoption matters/concerned department/accredited agency for completing Home Study Report (HSR). HSR will be prepared as per Incountry Guidelines 2004 (Please see www.adoptionindia.nic.in). The FPAP has to furnish other documents about the child and the biological family as prescribed.
4.2 The above authority/agency has to forward the HSR alongwith all requisitie documents as provided under the Guidelines to Central Adoption Resource Agency (CARA).
4.3 CARA on receiving those documents will assess the eligibility and further take up the matter with concerned State Government or authorized agency for verification of the documents following which it will issue NOC in the proposed case.
5.1 All the rights and safeguards of children as stipulated as per Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption 1993.
5.2 Family adoptions will be permitted only in case of exceptional circumstances that justify a child’s placement with his relatives for his/her best interest.
Family / Relative Adoption from India
A checklist of required documents/information
(i) Home Study Report (HSR) of the prospective adoptive parents, incorporating the particulars mentioned under art.15 of the Hague Convention (to be provided by the concerned Central Authority/Accredited Body in the country of his/her habitual residence.)
(ii) A Certificate from appropriate authority stating that the adopted child shall have all the inherent rights of the biological child and as that of a citizen of that country.
(iii) Undertaking of the sponsoring agency to continuously monitor and maintain a database of all family adoption cases and intimate CARA in case of any disruption.
(iv) A recent family photograph each of the child, adoptive parents and biological parents;
(v) An appropriate order from a competent court in favour of the adoption under relevant Acts/Laws of India.
(vi) Copy of passports of Adoptive Parents in order to ascertain the Nationality of Adoptive Parents.
(vii) Checklist of Information required from the adoptive parents, of the Child, Adoptive parents and Biological parents
(a) Particulars of the Prospective Adoptive parents in the
format enclosed in Annexure -I
(b) Particulars of the child proposed to be adopted in the
format enclosed in Annexure –II
(c) Particulars of the Biological Parents in the format enclosed
(viii) A child study report (CSR) to be provided by the concerned
State Government in the format enclosed in Annexure-IV along
with certification that the facts stated at Annexure II, III are correct.
A. Particulars of the Prospective Adoptive Parents (PAPs)
B. Particulars of the child proposed to be adopted
C. Particulars of Biological Parents
D. Facts about the child to be verified by the Competent Authority