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Know the child adoption regulation in India

If you are planning to adopt a child, congratulations, you are about to bring home all the happiness.

 Child adoption in India is subjected to some government guidelines and regulations in order to ensure the best future for a child. In India, child adoptions are looked over by the “Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA)”, which is a Government of India statutory body of the “Ministry of Woman and Child Development”. CARA concerns the child adoption activities in India and also regulates the “intercountry” child adoption practices. Let’s find how people can practicalize the noble thought of child adoption and the aspects of government regulations protecting and encouraging the practice.

The basic conception of adoption in India

The basic conception and emotion behind child adoption in India are to provide a home to a child and happiness to the parents that long for a child. Going by another aspect of the concept of adoption, people tend to be considerate over the practice in order to continue their lineage while giving home and family to an orphan child who is deprived of such happiness.

Adoption procedures in India

Parents or a single intending to adopt a child have to register an online application with CARA by informing their preferences and meet the formalities mentioned on the website. Once the registration process is completed, the applicant can seek a request for adoption from a registered adoption agency. After confirming the eligibility and suitability of the applicant from the end response of the agency, they are provided with referrals of children that can be adopted legally.

Main aspects of the Adoption Regulation 2017

The Adoption Regulation 2017 has been amended based on the previous children’s protection act 2015, “Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children)”. It highlights the provision that even single parents can be considered to be eligible for adoption requests but also conveys that a single male cannot be considered for the adoption of a girl child. The amended Adoption Regulation 2017 also clarifies that couples shall only be eligible for the adoption of a child unless they have at least two years of the marital relationship. On the other hand, couples having more than 3 or 4 children shall not be eligible for such requisitions.

Children who are eligible for adoption

The “Child Welfare Committee” suggests that a child who may be abandoned, orphan, stepchildren or any children who are legally free for the purpose of adoption may be considered. Moreover, the regulation also confirms that an individual or couple can adopt children of any relatives that are legally free under sub-section 52 of Section 2 of the “Juvenile Justice Act, 2015.

 Child adoption practices are being considered and upheld with a more positive perception in India. If you are one of them and willing to adopt a child…don’t wait…practicalize the noble thought and bring home happiness.


Sohini is a journalism and mass communication enthusiast from Kolkata with an extreme interest in creative writing. Focused on entertainment, health and lifestyle, her stories could make your net surfing much more interesting.
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