Starting in 2012, India adoptions has entered into a new phase with implementation of the new system overseen by the Central Adoption Resource Agency (CARA). CARA introduced the new adoption guidelines in 2011 and started accepting new applications for intercountry adoption in January of 2012. The new system is aimed to create a more streamline and centralized adoption procedure, in which CARA will be responsible for searching and matching the child with prospective adoptive parents.
Children are available in both gender, but females are more popular. There is an option to adopt non-special-needs children while special-needs adoptions will receive more priority and expeditious services from Indian authorities. Depending on ages of the adoptive parents, families can adopt children under or above 3 years old.
Check out the latest posts on India adoption to learn more about the program.
India is a party to the Hague Adoption Convention. Therefore, all adoptions between India and the United States must meet requirements of the Convention and the U.S. law implementing the Convention. You must first be found eligible to be an adoptive parent by the U.S. Government by filling Form I-800A with the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
CARA amended their adoption guidelines, as of January 2016. The newly implemented guidelines affect families who have not yet been registered. The regulations state the following about the eligibility criteria for adoptive families:
|Age of the Children||Maximum composite age of PAPs||Maximum age of single PAP|
|Up to age 4||90 years||45 years|
|Ages 4 – 8||100 years||50 years|
|Ages 8 – 18||110 years||55 years|
An adoption from India must follow a specific process designed to meet the requirements by Hague and CARA. This process will follow 10 primary steps. You must complete these steps in the following order so that your adoption meets all necessary legal requirements. Currently, an adoption from India is estimated to complete in 14-16 months.
|Adoption Processing Fees in India||$5,000|
Update in September 2017. Fees are estimated for adoption of 1 child. There will be additional costs to adopt siblings, but it is not multiplied by number of children in the group because some fees may be reduced or waived for the second child or beyond additional ones. Fees for homestudy, U.S. immigration services, and travel expenses are not included in the above costs.
The Council on Accreditation (COA) is a national accrediting body approved by the United States Department of State to conduct Hague accreditation and approval reviews. COA invites the public to provide comment on inter-country adoption service providers seeking Hague accreditation or approval or renewal of Hague accreditation or approval. Click here to provide comment about services of Faith International Adoptions.
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