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Adoption in India – how to go about it

May 16, 2007

Adopting a child from India may seem simple on paper, but the paperwork and procedures can be time-consuming. So much so that it is rare for a foreigner to get a baby younger than 10 months or a year. Ofcourse, the satisfaction and fulfillment that one feels when the baby is one’s arms makes the long process worth the wait! Luckily, the Indian government has realised this problem and is now trying to speed up the process of adoption. From this year onwards some results are expected.

What exactly does an adoptive parent have to anticipate? Well, there are different rules – for Indians living in India, for those of Indian descent living in foreign countries and for foreigners. One of the advantages of Indian adoptions is that singles are allowed to adopt, including single males. However, it is easier for single women.

Generally speaking, childless parents are preferred, though this is not a must. If you have only boys, then it is perfectly alright if you adopt a girl. The age difference between the child and parents should not be more than 45 years.

For Foreigners:
This site tells you the basics if you are a foreigner. Choosing the right adoption agency with an India Program is crucial. The best agency to select is one with credentials in terms of their past record in placing children from India and whether they are connected with reputed agencies in India. But don’t take them at their word. Get addresses and talk to the parents of the kids the agency has placed. It is very important to get the right adoption agency in India. Not all accredited agencies are good. This is an example of what can go wrong. It is a personal experience of an adoptive parent who found that her baby was badly looked after while she was waiting to get her papers in order.

As the Indian Central Adoption Resource Agency (CARA regulates all adoptions in India) says, the agency that you select in your country has to be an ‘approved’ one in your home country. It is this agency which will prepare the Home Study Report and get the permissions from your government so that you can adopt from a foreign country like India. Once this is done, the Indian agency takes over. It will hunt for a child which is free for inter-country adoption (a child which fails to find a suitable adoptive parent within India in a certain stipulated time) and a child which matches your requirements. Usually this should take less than three months. Some children with special needs and older children can become free for inter-country adoption within 10 days of their becoming

legally available as such children find it difficult to find homes in India. Once the child is selected, then permissions have to be got from the ACA (Adoption Coordinating Agency—formally VCA). This should take about a month. After examining these papers CARA gives the go ahead and this could take another two-three weeks.

Then its time to get permission from the courts. As per the latest rules, the courts have been directed to process the applications within two months. Once cleared, the prospective parent will get the guardian ship of the child. Time to take the child home at long last! You will have to travel to India to get the child. Once back home, there is more paperwork and ofcourse visits and checks by social workers before your guardianship is made into parenthood.
This site will give you more more internet websites to go through if you are adopting a child in India.

For NRI’s (Non-Resident Indians)
No relatives can be adopted – only abandoned children. Secondly, at least one parent needs to hold foreign citizenship as most countries (United States) do not allow you to adopt from another country unless you are a citizen. It is also ideal if the other parent has an Indian passport as this
exempts the prospective parent from an ACA clearance. This saves time and paperwork. Overall, parents of Indian descent are preferred, even if they hold foreign citizenship. While the CARA site says that at least at least one parent has to hold an Indian passport to get ACA exemption, this one says that all parents of Indian Indian descent can claim this exemption, but I did not find this info on the CARA site and its the CARA site which I prefer to go by. It is possible though that this is a new rule and CARA’s site has not yet updated. If it is true, then this is great news…not only do you save time, you get your child earlier, when he or she is younger.

This site gives some information for NRI’s wanting to adopt in India and so does this one.

A little about CARA
All adoptions are regulated by the Central Adoption Resource Agency (CARA). CARA sets out the eligibility conditions, processing steps, documentation, costs , court process, foster care conditions, issuance of Birth certificate and post-adoption follow-up. It is mandatory on adoption agencies placing children in adoption to follow the CARA Guidelines. The main thing required is to go through a reputed agency so that there are no legal hassles. You can get a list of Indian adoption agencies on the CARA site.

For Indians adopting in India:
Indians adopting in India can get very young babies as the adoption procedure is shorter. It should not take more than 4-6 months after you decide which baby you want to parent. The first thing to do is to register with a local Adoption Agency or with the State Adoption Cell. The agency will make a home study report and decide if you are capable of rearing a child – in terms of our financial and emotional capabilities. Once a child is selected, matching the description (if any) required by the parents, then the paperwork starts. Agencies ofcourse prefer to give a child matching the physical description of the parents. For example, dark parents who demand a fair child may not get one. There is a slightly longer procedure for inter-state adoptions. For more details read here.

The paperwork involves permission from the courts. The court will not take more than 2 months, thats the law today. Once the child has been adopted, there are regular visits by social workers to check up on the family to ensure that the child is adjusting. This follow up usually happens for a period of one year.

Huge number of destitute children in India just waiting to be adopted:
These are some adoption statistics from

Number of destitute children in India : 44 million
Number of Orphans in India : 12.44 million
Number of NGOs working on the issue of Adoption : around 300

More stats are available on the same site.

(The photographs are those of Mumbai street children who live with their parents, and not in orphanages or adoption centers)

Related Reading: Surrogacy in India
India’s tough foreign adoption laws to be softened
Baby girls finding homes in India

84 Comments leave one →
  1. May 16, 2007 4:26 pm

    Very comprehensive, very informative! Keep up the good work…

  2. May 16, 2007 8:58 pm

    This is very encouraging. I am happy that your government is at least trying to exhaust all possibilities to provide for its vulnerable and needy.

  3. Leena permalink
    May 17, 2007 8:00 pm

    Great writeup of the adoption process in India. One comment I would add is that ANY parent “demanding a fair child” from an orphanage (whether that parent is fair or dark themselves) is likely to face a longer wait for a child. Though orphanage social workers try as best as possible to match children and parents, my understanding is that it is no longer acceptable to make requests about a child’s complexion or religious background of birthparents.

    Furthermore, the new (updated) CARA website now states that persons with an OCI card (Overseas Citizens of India) are to be treated on par with NRIs (

  4. May 26, 2007 3:45 am

    This is an excellent and informative article full of plain facts and resources. As a freelance journalist currently writing a book about orphans and other vulnerable children in India, I appreciate you taking the time to uncover all the aspects of adoption in India in such a thorough and thoughtful way. Thank you!

  5. May 26, 2007 3:47 am

    p.s. the number of orphans in India as 12.4 million is grossly understated. I, too, used this figure for a long time. However, the official UNICEF figure from a 2007 report gives the official estimate at 25.7 million – more than twice that amount.

  6. May 26, 2007 3:54 pm

    Nice to see ur write up on adoption.I am also have orphanage in Jabalpur named MATRUCHHAYA,headed by SEVA BHARTI,JABALPUR.I am looking after adoption cases of the infents of our orphanage.

    In ur write up u have mentioned about enter state adoption for that have asked to click on “here”but said page is not opening.We are having some inter stateadoptions.

    It was nice to read ur write up on adoption in which very briefly u have coveredall the points very effectively.

    Await for ur reply.


    • Asish Kundu permalink
      November 15, 2010 4:12 pm

      I am happy to know about your organization and would like to visit your place. Hence, I shall be glad if you could provide me your contact address and telephone/mobile numbers.


    • shubhra permalink
      November 24, 2010 12:34 pm

      can u please inform me as to where this institution is in jbp and its contact no : i am interested in adoption of an infant

    • sanaya upadhyaya permalink
      March 18, 2011 5:26 pm

      Please inform me your institutions address and contact no.I want to adopt a child but in Jbp i could not find any centre.

  7. May 26, 2007 4:03 pm

    Sandeep, I had no problems opening the page:
    that is the url.
    And thank you for your appreciation.

  8. Caroline permalink
    June 21, 2007 4:25 am

    Thank you for the nformation and the links may all children find safe loving homes!

  9. Prabha permalink
    June 30, 2007 5:18 am

    Just an FYI – Sri Lankan citizens and members of the Sri Lankan Diaspora (other passports or expatriates) cannot claim NRI or Persons of Indian Origin or Overseas Citizen of India, even if ancestry (recent or not) is from India. Sri Lankans are in the same line as westerners who adopt from India even if they have relatives in India and even if they are Tamil (native Tamil speakers and Tamil cultural background). While Indians are able to adopt from India as expatriates, NRI, PIO, or OCI, members of the Sri Lankan Diaspora are finding it difficult if not impossible to adopt from Sri Lanka, so India is a logical choice for Sri Lankans to adopt. With the ongoing civil war in Sri Lanka, more and more are leaving the country and going abroad to other countries, often western countries where less than 1% of domestic adoptions are Asian (not necessarily South Asian), therefore, adopting from India makes sense for members of the Sri Lankan Diaspora to adopt from India to start their families. Do note that Sri Lankans, while they are South Asians, are given the same privileges as any other westerner who is not NRI, PIO, or OCI.

  10. baruna permalink
    July 10, 2007 6:38 pm

    excellent article in simple english . Thank god .
    I have a question about the role of the individual judge who presides over the adoption hearing … my adoption papers were filed on 25th april and the date of hearing set for 16th may. On 16th may the judge was on leave due to personal reasons and the court date automatically shifted to 17th july ( i suspect our laidback lawyer and summer vacation played havoc here ) . Our request for preponement was not entertained by the judge , our lawyer calmly informed us that was under his “discretion ” . With the court hearing coming up next week , i am insecure and panicky about how much “discretionary” powers do the judges actually have – can they legally postpone the hearing further ? what recourse is available to us ? is there a time limit within which my papers must be relased ?

    second question – how does the government of india entertain adoption requests by present day professionals who are sent for short term deputations overseas ? the assignments could last from 6 months to 5 years , nri status is received after 6 months but it doesnt make sense to approach a foreign agency if the length of your stay in that country is uncertain . So how are such adoption cases to b treated ? ( an important question bcause me and my husband fall in this category . we have been granted the baby , but can our uncertain status give cause to the judge to dilly dally further ? )

  11. July 10, 2007 8:04 pm

    Ans to question 1) I am sorry to hear about the delay. But I am afraid this is common here and one even expects delays! But yes, latest rules do say a maximum of 3 months.
    Ans to question 2) As far as I see it your status is not uncertain. You must have filed the papers either as an NRI or as an Indian residing in India. So the judge will go by that.. If you have filed your papers as an NRI you will have to follow all the rules that apply to NRI’s. If your status changes midway…well, as I see it you will have to just hope that it works out or consult an expert. But once the court judgement comes through there shouldn’t be a problem.

  12. Neena permalink
    December 17, 2007 3:57 pm

    Hi Nita,
    Excellent article. Well just was browsing for information on adoptions and saw your article written in May. I am planning to adopt a baby. I recently bought the whole inter – country adoption information package here in australia. Was just looking at the costs. The australian fees itself is so exorbitant.(A$10000 equivalent to around 3.5 lakhs) This does not include the Indian fees. And being in india and adopting is not that expensive. A friend of mine adopted recently and all she had to pay was just 20000Rs. And the wait seems to be at least 2 years. Would be grateful if you could give me some informaton on which agences here in australia i need to register with in order to get a baby from india.


  13. December 18, 2007 6:44 pm


    Neena, I live in India and therefore cannot tell you with any sort of authority about adoption agencies in Australia. While one can find them on the web, it’s best that you talk to couples who have adopted from that agency before going ahead.

  14. Vishal Arun Sonawane permalink
    December 30, 2007 2:35 pm

    i am 29 years old, single residing in pune maharashtra. wotking in an IT sector. i am very keen in adopting a girl child i have also visited a few children homes in pune but was communicated that as per law singles are not eligible to adopt a child. i realy want to adopt a girl child. can you please provide me a detail procedure if i could be eligible to adopt a child. and it would be a great help if i could also get a few addresses of children homes in and around pune.

    Will Await your reply.

    Vishal Sonawane

  15. Arzoo permalink
    March 8, 2008 7:40 am

    Hi Nita, I was wondering if you had heard back from Neena again. I am also an Indian living in Australia and want to adopt a child. Would appreciate it if you have any information or advice to offer on the process. Thank you for providing such a well written and comprehensive article. Regards, Arzoo

    • Kajal permalink
      June 12, 2013 7:17 am

      Hi I am an Australian citizen originally from India, looking to adopt as well. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Kajal

  16. Aravind permalink
    June 9, 2008 5:48 pm


    I and my wife are planning to adopt a baby and are from Bangalore. Please let me know the adoption process and appro. how long will the entire process will take.

    I presume you have read this article. That is why I wrote it, for those who want to know about the adoption process. I do not have any other information. – Nita.

  17. urmi permalink
    June 18, 2008 9:18 pm

    I and my husband are planning to adopt ababygirl. presently we are setteled in dubai. please let me know the adoption process and how long it takes.

    Urmi, I have given as much information as possible on this post. Please follow the links and get the details. They are all there. Thanks. – Nita.

  18. Wishrush permalink
    August 29, 2008 6:26 pm

    Very informative article….

  19. Bhardwaj permalink
    September 14, 2008 10:26 pm

    I am living in Delhi India and wish to adopt a child. Please let me know what the procedure is & how much time it will take ?



    Kindly read the above article. Thanks. – Nita.

  20. XYZ permalink
    September 15, 2008 2:52 pm

    I am a married woman with a biological child and I want to adopt a baby girl. But a couple of my friends who have started the process are yet to succeed. They tell me that the demand for babies is much more than the suppy and that parents are endlessly waitlisted, especially if you already have a biological child. I’m not sure if this is only in Chennai where I live or if this is the same all over India.

    How diffcult is an inter-state adoption? And is it more diffcult if you’re a working mother and have maid at home to look after the baby? Would be grateful for any advice.

    XYZ, adoption can be a long drawn out and tedious process and needs a lot of patience. It can easily take up to a year and yes you will not get priority if you already have a child. And you are right, interstate adoption can take more time as there is more paperwork. And you have understood the factors well…if a maid is looking after the baby there might be some reservations…however it depends on the understanding of the agencies you approach.
    I have worked with an orphanage (and adoption agency) for about a year but that doesn’t qualify me to give you advise. I would say it is a bit of luck, the length of the waiting list, your requirements, and the impression you make. I would advise you not to worry about it…just go for it. – Nita.

  21. XYZ permalink
    September 15, 2008 4:08 pm

    Thanks very much, Nita.

  22. October 16, 2008 10:49 pm

    Hi Nita,

    this is a very good article for people who would like to adopt and do not have much information. I am a parent of a child but wanted to adopt a child and the main reason was to help a child who has been abandoned. Looking at the article and comments, it seems like the demand for children is more than the supply. My whole purpose of adoption was to help a child but it seems that there are not that many children out there. Also I dont understand why the fees for adoption is so much.. This is of course not a question to you but just cant imagine that the adoption rules are so stringent and expensive so people like me who cannot afford that much time, money cannot really adopt. I have the money to take care of the child as he/she grows but the initial investment seems to be really a lot.. I hope things change with regard to rules and cost of adoption.

    Jothi, yes it hard for those who want to adopt, and emotionally too if you take into account the waiting period. But the rules are there for the protection of the child and also as the demand for children is high, there is the waiting period. That’s the bitter truth. However I know cases where people adopt children of relatives, like sister or brother and then it’s instant. It’s legal as well. – Nita.

  23. October 17, 2008 8:45 pm

    I understand that the rules for adoption are to protect the child, but I still cant believe that the demand for kids is high and supply is low… As far as I see on articles, newspapers there are several millions of children who are abandoned and the fact that still it is difficult to find a child for adoption does not make good sense.. I understand that is the fact though.

    Also regarding adopting from siblings, I think that is very dangerous especially for people who are very emotional. Remember the risk of your sibling asking for her child back is very high. I understand the case where you might have to adopt from your sibling is where you cannot have your own child.. If that is the case, I think it is less risky but otherwise if you have kids and you are adopting only for reason to help the kids then i dont think it is good to adopt from siblings.

    When I mentioned siblings, I mean if you cannot have your own child. Most people in India, whether they adopt from a home or relative, do it because they want a child, not because they want to help the poor. And yes I know what you mean by supply being in plenty yet there are no kids to adopt. The reason is that most people want kids of a certain age only. So when it comes to kids say below the age of two, who are healthy in everyway, yes there is a shortage. In any case most people want kids below the age of one year. – Nita.

  24. deepak permalink
    November 12, 2008 2:00 pm

    Dear Nita

    can you guide me with the procedure for adoption within a family in Mumbai Maharashtra

    does one has to take court order for adoption within a family? or

    Just registration of adoption deed is enough.

    I am now getting irritated with such questions. I took the time to research on the internet and write this article, now if you want even more information, kindly go to the place yourself and do some homework. Thanks. – Nita.

  25. November 15, 2008 10:11 pm

    i want to adopt the child what can i do

  26. Preet permalink
    November 25, 2008 7:43 am

    Excellent article. I am in process of adoption from US (v both are US Citizen but have OCI). I have an agency in US they gave me a referral of a kid. I want my family in India to go and see our kid as its not easy for us to go and see the kid. Agency refuses that my family in India cannot go and see the kid. I as adopting parent can go and see the kid. Is there are any kind of rule. Please help. Please feel free to send me email on preetkumar(at) Thanks

    Preet, as far as I know they do not allow just relatives to go and see the kid and at times they don’t even allow the parent to “look over” a kid as it can be humiliating for kids to be looked at as if one is shopping. They decide the kid and you have to accept and if they are allowing you to go and see the kid, that’s great. – Nita.

  27. Peter permalink
    February 13, 2009 10:11 pm

    many thanks for the time and research done to write this easy to understand article. Very much appreciated.

    And just why, oh why are there so many people who ask: ‘What is the procedure and how long will it take?’ when that is exactly what the blog is about! makes one want to scream and laugh and pull ones hair out all at the same time!

  28. divyesh permalink
    February 21, 2009 1:25 am

    i want to adopt a baby of my sister in india,we r in U.S.A. i got approval from u.s agency.
    now i am in india. please suggest me steps to follow.. too much confusion.

  29. divyesh permalink
    February 21, 2009 2:43 pm

    i enquired ic cara,they told i need adoption deed & court order.but a lawyer told me that no court order is required for family adoption.
    guide me plz? waiting for your reply eagerly.. confused..

  30. divyesh permalink
    February 23, 2009 11:28 pm

    i visit this site and my mail box daily to see yr reply…

  31. jaya permalink
    May 14, 2009 3:19 am

    Hello Divyesh,
    I am in the same boat as you are. I am planning to adopt my co-sister’s baby. Please let me know what exactly have you done so far to adopt your sister baby. Where exactly are you in the process. I will really appreciate your help. Hope the process is not a very painfull.

  32. nupura permalink
    August 27, 2009 3:27 pm


    my husband and I have both OCI-passports. We’re doing our adoption procedure in Belgium, (judgement and home study are already done) and there’s already a child proposal from an orphanage in West-Bengal.
    If we go back to India, can we finish our adoption procedure there, or shall we finish it in Belgium. And are there any special requirement towards adoption for OCI’s returning to India?


    nupura, I am not an expert on this and its best you follow the links given in this article to find and answer. However from what little I know I do know that whatever procedures happen there, if you are taking a child from here, you have to follow the adoption procedure here. – Nita.

  33. nupura permalink
    August 30, 2009 5:17 pm


    As written above, my husband and I have both OCI-passports. If we come to India, and register ourselves with a RIPA, can we do in-country adoption? Do we meet the indian criteria for PAP’s for in-country adoption?


  34. October 18, 2009 12:19 am


    I m a doctor of Naturopath and Ayurvedic .I am having one son , who got married and staying with his wife . I would like to adopt a baby girl . Will you help me for the same?

    I don’t know what you want Jayanthy. I have already helped, by writing this post. Please read it. I am a writer, not an adoption agency person. – Nita

  35. Tina permalink
    October 22, 2009 9:01 am

    Hi, do you know if there any way to do a legal independent/private adoption of an Indian child i.e. going through all legal Indian channels but working with a certified Indian Adoption Agency?



  36. Tina permalink
    October 22, 2009 9:04 am

    I just sent an email to you about adopting an Indian child independently. Please use this email address:

    Tina, if you read all the comments here you will understand what I have been saying repeatedly. I am not an adoption agency person. I am a writer. And a blogger. Whatever information I have is there for you to see on this page. There is nothing more I can do. – Nita

  37. Preeti permalink
    November 7, 2009 4:02 am

    This article is excellent! Nita, please be patient with aspiring adoptive parents. Infertility is an extremely difficult issue to deal with and people are desperate to get some help from somewhere. I can understand because I am one of them. I want to thank you for the wonderful links you’ve provided and pray that I will one day have a child in my arms. You are right, we indians do not choose to adopt purely with the motive to help , rather resort to it when we fail to conceive. Things will slowly change once India develops and becomes more affluent. We have a lot to be proud of nevertheless. My pal from Pakistan adopted a newborn in a blink of an eye. Its very easy there.

  38. shayla permalink
    November 13, 2009 12:04 am

    Me and my daughter are giving this alot of thought, we need information on this, kids are getting older and ready to move out, and i really am considering adopting a child. i need information and details , Hope i came to the right site.

    Thanks , Quiana

  39. karan permalink
    December 2, 2009 10:48 pm

    hi i and my wife want adopt girl baby , we have two kids ,we are intrusted to adopt orphan
    australia can you give me steps to adopt thanks

  40. December 20, 2009 7:07 pm

    Hi i and my husband would like to adopt a girl child please advice since we are childless and need a child

  41. avantika surendra Thakur permalink
    January 8, 2010 4:00 pm

    Iand my husbandaer planing to adopt baby girl presently we are setteled in Roha(raigad)please let me know the adoprion processs &how much time it will take.what are the terms & conditions.

  42. Gary permalink
    June 18, 2010 7:45 am

    i need some info…that how can i adopt a child from India…?
    I am a NRI….

    • Tazaiyun permalink
      June 25, 2010 11:55 pm

      there are NGO’s who facilitate this—
      eg.Ashraya Home /St Michaels Home
      There is a procedure Contact Ms Nomita Chandy of Ashraya –she would help you.
      Are you visiting india in the near future ?

  43. Darshana permalink
    July 11, 2010 8:11 pm

    Hi Nita,

    This is Darshana Shah from Dubai. Your post is very informative and helps people with good in sight.

    Well it’s been more than a year we are on a wait list. Out of 20 agencies we called in Mumbai only 4 took our papers and we registered with one NGO. everyone wants original papers and if u give copy they will not call you even if they had a child 😦 Few refused to take papers as we have our bioligical child, some acted weired when heard my husband’s name “Amjad’ (you know what i mean), we have applied papers to adopt a girl child between 6 month – 2.5 years old. but still no news…Dont know how long it’s gonna take. There is no transparency as to where do we stand. As you mentioned, it is also the impression you make has an impact which we cannot afford to mess up..but that leaves parents hanging….!!

    Do you have any suggestion or we simply just wait…??

    Darshana, While adopting a child the thing that is required is a lot of patience. As you said you have to create a good impression therefore you cannot afford to show your irritation. It is indeed one of the most trying processes and sometimes it can take several years. Just tell yourself that you are doing what you can and that they are doing what is in the rules. – Nita.

  44. August 9, 2010 2:18 pm

    we want to adopt a healthy male child age 6 to8 . please help us

  45. elma lewis permalink
    September 11, 2010 11:54 am

    dear nita,
    i would like to adopt a girl child. could u pls provide me info of the agencies outside mumbai in maharashtra


    whatever info I have is on this website. I do not have anymore. – Nita

  46. March 18, 2011 5:05 am

    Thanks for the details!

  47. Rakesh shah permalink
    July 4, 2011 4:27 pm

    I am Indian resident residing in India. I have few questions. please tell me that, After how many years of marriage i can adopt a child? If i have major disease like cerebral palsy or polio or kidney problem or heart problem then can i adopt a child? please answer me as fast as posible

  48. Seema permalink
    July 20, 2011 11:12 pm

    My Husband and I are both indian and living in USA. We want to adop a child from india but do not know the process. Please give us some guidence on how to start this process..

    Yes, that’s why this post was written. Please read it and the comments too. Thanks. – Nita.

  49. basu permalink
    September 18, 2011 12:28 am

    My sister has brought a girl child from a ashram at western orissa (kalahandi district) My sister and jijaji stay at kolkata. Yet adoption process is not done.My jijaji services at kolkata. My question is where ( in kolkata or orissa court) they should file the petition for adoption. Another question is that between civil court and family court where they should file.

    With thanks

  50. dildeep permalink
    September 18, 2011 7:18 am

    Hello what is the process of adopting a child from within family ,for international adoption.

  51. September 29, 2011 4:25 pm

    Hi Nita,

    I guess this comment is kind of late, but thanks for the article – nicely written.

    We adopted as NRIs in 2009. Our experience is documented at While the process looks to change (yet again) with the new 2011 guidelines issued by CARA, we hope the notes we made at the time will be of some use to adoptive parents who come after us.

    Kind Regards,

  52. sooryakantt . Hosur permalink
    November 24, 2011 3:47 pm

    i need a baby boy for adoption let me know the process and availability

  53. Adoptive Father permalink
    November 25, 2011 9:54 am

    Sooryakantt, Hosur:

    Is this your first time on the Internet? If you reached this blog, it means you can also read, if not Google. Did you read the article? The writer is not an adoption agency. She has done everyone a favour by collating and posting information which is publicly available.

    All those writing and asking for babies, please show some initiative instead of being (expletive deleted) lazy, posting a one-liner and expecting to be spoon-fed. Adoption is a long road filled with hurdles, not for the lazy and laid-back.

  54. debbindu kumar mondal permalink
    January 22, 2012 2:35 pm

    we are debbindu and ruma both are teacher, we want to adopt a baby from kolkata
    please help us to get

  55. agarwal p permalink
    February 16, 2012 1:31 pm

    Hey Nita, We are married couple. We have a daughter. Can we adopt a son?

    Whatever information I have on the subject is given here. I am not an adoption expert as I have pointed out earlier, but I don’t see why you cannot adopt a son or for that matter a daughter. Please contact the relevant people, those who give babies for adoption. – Nita.

  56. agarwal p permalink
    February 18, 2012 9:29 am

    thanks Nita. This is what confused me. What does “same” mean below? Does it mean since I have daughter, I can adopt only a daughter?

    “ parents to adopt a child of the same sex irrespective of the number of living biological sons or daughters, or”

    • February 18, 2012 10:10 am

      it means you can adopt a child of the same sex (daughter if you have a daughter or son if you have a son) in addition to adopting someone of the other sex.

  57. agarwal p permalink
    February 18, 2012 8:10 pm

    thanks Nita!

  58. Harmeet singh permalink
    February 22, 2012 9:45 pm

    Wud like to knw..abt the adoption centers in delhi

  59. ruchi permalink
    March 4, 2012 11:20 pm

    Thank you!

  60. March 23, 2012 12:09 am

    sir i want to tell you some tragedy that in india more NGO are working for money and after giving you a child they exploit you as they ask you for donation not for one time .and if you are fail to give money then they lodge FIR against you so please beware of these thing.kindly after taking complete knowledge about adoption adopt child/

  61. May 16, 2012 10:59 am

    Thank you, Nita. A very well documented and useful post, especially for people like me who are looking for guidance on the process of adoption. It really is frustrating to see some of the comments/questions here. I really appreciate your patience in responding to them. Like someone noted rightly, adoption is not for the laid-back. Grow up a backbone and do some research on your own people!!

    • May 16, 2012 8:05 pm

      Thanks lakshmiacharya! I think many people do not bother to really read the article I wrote. They skim over it, and then perhaps find that there are no ready made answers. Like you said, adopting a baby is a long drawn out process and one has to have the patience to do research. It is absolutely imperative that they do so because this post is not being updated.

  62. priyank shah permalink
    May 16, 2012 8:02 pm

    Can u plz help me with the process to adopt a girl aged 25 yrs as a legal sister..

    I want to adopt a girl wth whom i have brother-sister relation,but now i want our relation to get legalised as brotber-sister.
    Kindly help me with the orgaization or institution name to whom i can approach for this purpose.

    Priyank Shah

  63. Sudeep Moitra permalink
    May 17, 2012 8:27 am

    I and my wife live in Kolkata and we desperately want to adopt a baby. We have visited several adoption agencies here in Kolkata including Mother Teresa’s Nirmal Hriday. At all places we did not get any favorable response and the waiting period was told to be 5-6 years and even after that we dint get any response. Now we are running out of idea and seek desperate help from anyone who is willing to help this childless couple. Please help us as we want now interstate adoption as we dont see any hope here in Kolkata. If there is any institution or organisation where we can go, please let us know


    Sudeep Moitra

  64. Uday permalink
    June 11, 2012 4:40 pm

    Well done Neeta. Nicely written article. Some of the comments written here are outright ignorant, who has not bothered to read complete article. Also, there is very nice site of CARA, which gives step by step procedure for adoption. If all the people who who wants to know everything from you, could send some time in searching & researching on the web 🙂

    We are also prospective parents looking for adoption & we got our first jolt when we had give our first appointment after one & half month. It is now scheduled on 16th July. Also, called few more adoption agencies in mumbai(I stay in navi mumbai), but they were insisiting on registering with local agency.

    Lets see, what happens. we are eagrly waiting for our interview.

    • Farha permalink
      July 6, 2012 1:53 pm

      Hi Uday, my husband and i have only very recently decided to look at adoption as the next way forward for us — after having tried unscuccessfully to have our own child. Today is infact the first day of starting my research on the Web … and have come across this well written article by Neeta.

      I would truly be grateful if you could provide me with any sites, agencies, etc that would aid me in my reading; so that we may too be fortunate to one day have a child to call our own.

      Would truly appreciate any help at this stage. Many thanks.

  65. Radhika permalink
    September 10, 2012 8:04 am

    Hi Nita,

    Thanks for this great article. My question is bit late I guess..I am amd my husband live in australia but we are indian citizens .I spoke to CARA in india and they advised me to speak to adoption agency in australia who looks after inter -country adoptions.But As per australian agency we cannot apply through the agency in australia as none of us are australian citizens.

    Now I cannot apply through in -country adoption as I am an Indian living abroad and neither can I apply to adopt in india from australia as i am not an australian citizen. Kindly advise and help us..

    Many thanks

    • September 10, 2012 9:13 am

      Hmm looks like bureaucratic tangles are getting in the way. I see no other way but to first get australian citizenship. But then I am not the expert, just a writer who has collected information from around the web.

  66. Anubhav Dutta permalink
    November 21, 2012 4:25 pm

    well thanks for the info….really appreciate it….would also like to add a new thing to it…i went through this website over there i found out about the acts and laws supporting to this wud like to share it over here…

    do visit

    n c if it helps

  67. dhanashri konde permalink
    December 28, 2012 5:17 pm

    i m married women .. i want a 1adopt child .. it may be a girl or boy it doesnt mattr.. .. plz tell mi about that!!

  68. September 26, 2013 4:37 pm

    Hi I am Deepika.
    I am.looking for girl.or a baby boy less than a year.
    suggestions are welcome.


    • siva charan bangi permalink
      May 26, 2017 2:04 am

      Hi Deepika

      Could you adopt? I just found this article while browsing randomly on the net to understand the process involved in adoption.

      Want to know the experience from the parents who went through this process.


  69. Sunil permalink
    June 2, 2014 10:58 pm

    Very Good Information and Thank you very much for it. I am looking for information on Adopting Child from the Family Members in Blood Relations such as My Brother’s Child, My sister’s Child and Procedure for the Same. Will CARA Would be involved in the process?

  70. Thangudu rao permalink
    March 10, 2015 3:18 pm

    My boy aged 41 yrs married is a green card holder in US is not blessed with children due to medical problem in his spouse. Presently he is staying in US. I would like to ascertain from you the procedure to adapt a male/female child from India from a good source like mother Teresa centres. Please let me know by mail and do me the favour.

  71. Prince Kumar permalink
    August 6, 2015 12:40 pm

    I am from Bihar. My elder brother has got one baby child from the bushes of raod side. He informed about this matter to nearest police station and immidetely bring her into the treatement of Dr. after three days he published a news in new paper too so that her real parrents could cone in tuch but did not happen ad per his thought. After one day one lady came from one organistion and she took them at the office. There people told my brother that you can not keep this baby alongwith you. But my brother wants to keep her with himself . My brothet is married he has one son and another issue is not possiable in his life. I am looking the best solution which will help us to adopt for life. Without her now it is very tough to live specially fpr my sistetinlaw.

  72. Reeta permalink
    August 18, 2016 3:00 pm

    I am single mother adopted son from my real sister adoption deed is done in tehsildar ‘s office.but I need court order to prepare his passport. Kindly guide me as early as possible

  73. Mishka permalink
    January 18, 2018 4:14 pm

    One of my friends of friend want to give up her unborn child,
    because her husband died 4 months back and she already have 2 kids one 10 years boy and 4 years girl, Now she is alone and unable to give good future to her kids because of poor financial condition .
    due date is in February first week ,
    She only want Indian parents to adopt her unborn baby, who can give a good future to her child.
    If anyone interested kindly watsapp or text on ( 9582461924 ) or email –
    I will share your contact with her friend directly.

    Kindly do not call because i am a job profile person, so i ll be not able to attend your call, just trying to help them

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