What is Adoption?

Adoption is the permanent legal transfer of all parental rights from one person or couple to another person or couple. Adoptive parents have the same rights and responsibilities as biological parents, and adopted children have all of the emotional, social, legal and kinship benefits of biological children.

Legislation and Regulation

Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) is a statutory body of Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India that functions as the nodal body for adoption of Indian children and is mandated to monitor and regulate in-country and inter-country adoptions. In India the adoption can be completed under three legislative acts:

  • Hindu Adoption and Maintainance Act, 1956
  • Guardians and Wards Act, 1890
  • Juvenile Justice (Care and protection of children) Act,2015
  • Who is allowed to adopt a Child in India?

    In India, an Indian whether he is married or single, Non-Resident Indian (NRI), or a person belonging to any nationality (foreigner) may adopt a child. The guidelines and documentation process for each group of adoptive parents may differ

    What are the Types of Adoption?
    In-country Adoptions
  • Adoption of OAS Children
  • Relative Adoption
  • Adoption by Step Parents
  • Inter-country Adoptions
  • Adoption of OAS Children
  • Relative Adoption
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