Dear India families,

I hope each of you are doing well and gearing up for the holidays. As the year 2011 is close to end, I would like to share with you some of my thoughts on the next things that will be happening for India adoptions in 2012.

I have received no word from CARA since their last notice, so I am expecting them to re-open in January of 2012. However, please understand that there is a chance that on or before December 31st CARA could send an email as they did in October, informing us of another delay. Let’s hope that it won’t happen this time. So, you may ask what will happen to your case after the re-opening. It depends on where you are at in the adoption process.

If you have a complete homestudy, I will send them to CARA for review. Based on the request stated in your homestudy, CARA will try to find an authorized orphanage (RIPA) that has children meeting your request. That RIPA is required to confirm whether or not they want to proceed with your adoption. If the RIPA agree, I will send your complete adoption dossier to them to get your adoption moving forward. In case that the RIPA refuse your case with a clear explanation, CARA will refer you to another one. CARA will play an important role to facilitate the child searching and matching, which can potentially reduce the matching time.

If you have already been matched, your case will continue to move forward. The RIPA director will submit your dossier to CARA and then the Indian Court for review and approval. I do not find any stated difference for this step in the new system comparing to the old one, so I expect to see the same time frame for it, which is about 6-8 months. Although your dossier has already been sent to India, CARA might ask for additional documents. I will let you know and assist you to complete these as quickly as we can.

If you haven’t started or are working on your homestudy, you should continue to move forward. I will provide you with instructions on any changes from the new system. If you are planning to adopt from India, I suggest you to wait until CARA confirm that they have officially re-opened. You should contact our office sometime in February of 2012 to discuss on the opportunities for your adoption. At that time, I will be able to provide you with more details on the new adoption system of India.

Please understand that even if CARA will be ready to re-open in January of 2012, it might take them some time to be familiar with the new system and have everything well organized. So, be prepared for some delays and unexpected changes. It will not be a big difference in time frame for cases submitted right after the reopening compared to the ones submitted in several months after. So, there is no need to rush your dossier to India in January of February of 2012.

Thank you so much for your effort and cooperation! It is always my pleasure to work with all of you. I am continuingly inspired by your love for children in India. I hope things will get better in 2012 and more children will be able to find their loving families.

Happy holidays!

India Adoption Coordinator

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