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.
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:
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