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Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA)
CARA ensures smooth functioning of the adoption process from time to time, issues Adoption Guidelines laying down procedures and processes to be followed by different stakeholders of the adoption programme.
State Adoption Resource Agency (SARA)
State Adoption Resource Agency acts as a nodal body within the State to promote and monitor adoption and non-institutional care in coordination with Central Adoption Resource Authority.
Specialized Adoption Agency (SAA)
Specialized Adoption Agency (SAA) is recognized by the State Government under sub-section 4 of section 41 of the Act for the purpose of placing children in adoption.
Authorized Foreign Adoption Agency (AFAA)
Authorized Foreign Adoption Agency is recognized as a foreign social or child welfare agency that is authorized by Central Adoption Resource Authority on the recommendation of the concerned Central Authority or Government Department of that country for coordinating all matters relating to adoption of an Indian child by a citizen of that country.
District Child Protection Unit (DCPU)
District Child Protection Unit (DCPU) means a unit set up by the State Government at district level under Section 61A of the Act. It identifies orphan, abandoned and surrendered children in the district and gets them declared legally free for adoption by Child Welfare Committee.
Child Welfare Committee(CWC)
As per the provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2000 (amended in 2006) State governments are required to establish a CWC or two in ever district .CWC is authorized to grant Legally Free for Adoption Certificate only after which a Child is free for Adoption.
Adoption gets concluded legally only after obtaining an adoption order from the court concerned.