May 7, 2007

Adoption in India.

The Visitor has done a fantastic job by putting together some information on how to go about Adoption in India. I am reproducing the entire post here as per his(?) suggestion.

Please do leave a link in the comment box if any of you have any relevant information.

Thanks a tonne, Visitor.


Today CNN-IBN was flashing a 'news' item about baby Shiv being given for adoption to a family after a court battle - read Court gives abandoned baby to millionaire family.

In my youth, after reading 'inspirational stories' in Reader's Digest, in a bout of idealism, I too had often harboured visions of having adopted children. I remember that some friends of ours, a childless couple by choice, had adopted a boy and a girl. I used to be surprised that they had decided to have only adopted children, because I think it requires mental maturity and strength to be able to do it. Today, if I ask myself whether I am mentally prepared to adopt a child, my response would be no. I think I dont possess the mental reserve to take up such a commitment.

From what they said, I gathered that the legal adoption process in India, was a rigorous and often times a time-consuming process. And not without reason - they check the background of the prospective parents, their marital stability, financial stability, mental preparedness and various other parameters.

Recently in Indian Mommies, in a debate on whether one should have the second baby or not, some mommies had expressed the desire to adopt a second child.

I thought it might be useful to share some information regarding the adoption process in India. (Courtesy: Google) :)

To start with one can see the FAQ section of - which gives a brief outline of the process through its FAQ.

ICHILD - India Adoption Resources - is a website and mailing list, that gives support to persons who are thinking of adoption. I quote from their web-site:

The purpose of the ICHILD WEB SITE & MAILING LISTS would hopefully be to offer a source of inspiration, information, support & resources for those interested in adoption from India and the subcontinent. And of course, to help bring together prospective adoptive parents and children in India who wait for their families.

This link takes you to the adoption process page from their site.

Alliance for Children is an adoption agency that places children with adoptive parents.

The Alliance for Children, Inc. is a non-profit international adoption agency based in Massachusetts, serving families throughout the USA.

We have placed thousands of children from around the world in permanent adoptive homes.

They are currently not accepting applications for adoption of children from India.

Catalysts for Social Action (CSA) - This site also provides some info on in-country adoption process, costs etc.

Catalysts for Social Action (CSA) is a Social Welfare Organization promoted by Kale Consultants Ltd., India, a reputed IT Consulting Company with global presence. CSA commenced operations in September 2002. We work on Child Welfare which includes Adoption, Foster Care, and Institutionalised Rehabilitation. Our specific focus is on Adoption. A key role for us is to work as Catalysts / Change Agents. Our aim is to enhance the total number of adoptions in the country. Also, to work towards better child care while the child is institutionalized.

CARA - Central Adoption Resource Agency - this site provides information on adoption in/from India. One can download relevant forms too from here.

Central Adoption Resource Agency is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Women & Child Development, which functions as the Central Authority of the Government of India in matters related to adoptions.

Read their FAQ.

I have obtained all the above information from the web. The information is neither comprehensive nor definitive.


Sunita said...

As a single, I had always thought I did have one of my own and adopt a second. Infact even when I met my husband, I had shared with him about my adoption plans. Today I am no where close to even discussing the topic with hubby. Absolute selfish or maybe lack the maturity to deal with it. Would be really good to hear from parents who have adopted and parented.

NainaAshley said...

As a young single and idealistic person I always thought of adopting too. Now as a mother of a two year old I still have the desire to adopt but I don't know if that will happen. It is a huge responsibility which both parents need to take up with the same level of commitment. I don't think my hubby is up for that.

Sunita, I do have a close friend who has adopted a girl. They have a biological daughter and when she was around 5 they adopted a baby girl from India. The little girl is very cute and is extremely loved and happy. The older daughter loves her a lot. It feels so good to know that she'll be given the best in life.
I do know a few others who have adopted and they are extremely happy with their decision. Though when you have biological child ,the emotional issues can be a little tricky and one has to have a lot of maturity to handle those without hurting either child.
The other aspect of adoption that I always wondered about was the feelings of the adopted child towards the adoptive and biological parents. Do they feel that something is missing from their life? Can they completely accept the adoptive parents and siblings etc? But in the last couple of years I have met co-workers and friends who were adopted and was happy to know that most of them did not even feel the need to know who their biological parents were. They were happy and content with the family that they grew up in.
Sorry for the long winded post but had to write because I feel strongly about adoption and will cheer anyone who really wants to do it.

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