India Adoption

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India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country in size and the second most populous country with over 1.2 billion people. The official languages are Hindi and English.


India Adoption

EAC is working in cooperation with CARA – Central Adoption Resource Authority to complete adoptions in India. Several families are matched with referrals and are preparing paperwork to bring their children home.

Prior to adoptive placement, children are well cared for in orphanages throughout India. All orphanages through which we receive child referral information are licensed by the Indian government’s Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) to participate in domestic and/or international adoption and must maintain minimum standards of care that are established by the government. Children generally receive basic medical care, adequate nutrition, and education.

India is a party to the Hague Convention and is dedicated to providing the highest safeguards and protections for its children. Prior to adoptive placement, children are cared for in orphanages and in some cases, foster care. Children may be orphaned in India due to poverty, disease, family or personal issues. India follows the best practices and standards according to the Hague adoption guidelines to try to re-unite the child with their biological family if at all possible, and when not possible to seek a domestic and then international adoptive family.

English-speaking staff in country assists with the logistics of completing the adoption process in India.

*** 11-20-16 UPDATE: India is a great program for single women. Three single women have adopted through India and two have accepted referrals this year. Currently there are hundreds of waiting children on the central database. Most families can receive a referral within 6 months of completion of the homestudy and C.I.S. Families usually travel to adopt within 10-12 months. The dossier is simple. One family is in country now and 3 families are traveling this year, 15 more families have referrals. ***

 *** 8-11-16 UPDATE: Children 12 months – 16 years are available for adoption. Indian national or OCI card holders may request children of generally good health. Foreign families can adopt children with correctable conditions.

*** 7-20-16 UPDATE: 4 families adopted girls in the 3-6 age range in 2015, this year 7 more families received referrals of girls 2-6 yrs old and should be bringing their children home by end of the year. Two families completed adoption of 6 year old girls early this year. ***.

***5-22-16 UPDATE: 2 families home this year, 1 family leaving very soon, 8 families matched! Simple dossier. Quick matching with girls (age 6). Single women can adopt. ***

Girls and boys are available for adoption from India, families can be foreign, they do not need to be of Indian decent. Trip(s) in most states last 2 weeks, families often don’t need to attend court.

Geeta Nadesan 1The Children

The children who are available for adoption are boys and girls, some sibling sets, ages 12 months- 15 years of age with medical needs including heart conditions, blood conditions (including HIV), hand, foot, leg or arm differences, vision or hearing impairments, cleft lip/palate, developmental delays, spine conditions, and cerebral palsy. Many conditions can be corrected or managed by surgery or therapy and many children receive therapy or surgery while in India. Although you may request a specific age, there are no guarantees that you will receive the exact age requested. Indian adoption officials will try to honor your request and our staff in India advocates on your behalf to the Indian adoption officials.

Recently Home from India

The Process

India2The process for adopting a child from India generally includes the following steps:

  1. Choose an adoption service provider
  2. Apply to be found eligible to adopt (USCIS I-800A)
  3. Be matched with a child
  4. Adopt the child in India
  5. Apply for the child to be found eligible for orphan status (USCIS I-800)
  6. Bring your child home

Travel Requirements

  • Adoptions from India require two trips.
  • Only one parent must travel.

Time Frame for a India Adoption

Wait time is approximately 18 months, although a shorter wait time is expected when open to older children and sibling groups.

Immigration Information

Geeta 3India Central Authority

Central Adoption Resource Agency (CARA)

The Process
Because India is party to the Hague Convention, adoptions from India must follow a specific process designed to meet the Convention’s requirements. This process will follow six primary steps. You must complete these steps in the following order so that your adoption meets all necessary legal requirements.

    • Choose an Adoption Service Provider
    • Apply to USCIS to be Found Eligible to Adopt
    • Be Matched with a Child
    • Apply for the child to be found Eligible for Adoption
    • Adopt to USCIS the Child (or Gain Legal Custody) in India
    • Bring Your Child Home

Post Adoption Requirements

All families must submit post-adoptive reports following social worker visits at 3, 6, 8, 12, 18, and 24 months, or as required in adoption decree issued by Indian government.

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