Country Update: India




India is OPEN to intercountry adoptions.





March 6, 2014 Notice: Update India Opens Online Registration for Overseas Citizen of India Prospective Adoptive Parents Seeking Referral of Non-Special Needs Child

February 6, 2014 Notice: India Opens Online Registration for Non-Resident Indian Prospective Adoptive Parents Seeking Referral of Non-Special Needs Child

December 3, 2013 Notice: Informing the Government of India When an Adopted Indian Child Acquires U.S. Citizenship.

March 28, 2013 Alert: India Partially Lifts Suspension on Acceptance of New Adoption Applications

November 30, 2012 Alert: Freeze on New Intercountry Adoption Applications

March 7, 2012 - Adoption Notice: CARA Lifts Temporary Suspension of Acceptance of New Dossiers

Octover 5, 2011 - Adoption Notice: Update on CARA's Temporary Suspension of Acceptance of New Dossiers

July 22, 2011 - Adoption Notice: CARA Announces Release of New Guidelines & Temporary Suspension of Acceptance of New Dossiers

December 20, 2010 - Adoption Notice: New Procedures for Identifying and Treating Active Tuberculosis



All of the information listed below is from the following source:
India Web Page, U.S. Department of State, Office of Children's Issues

Number of Adoptions to the U.S.

Fiscal Year Number
FY 2013 119
FY 2012 159
FY 2011 226
FY 2010 241
FY 2009 297
FY 2008 308
FY 2007 411
FY 2005 319
FY 2005 323
FY 2004 406

Hague Country: Yes

Adoption Authority: The Central Adoption Resource Agency (CARA)



In addition to the U.S. requirements for prospective adoptive parents (PAPs), India also has the following eligibility requirements for prospective adoptive parents:

Residency Requirements: The Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) does not have any residency requirement. However, some Recognized Indian Placement Agencies (RIPAs) may ask prospective adoptive parents (PAPs) to reside with the child for seven days in India cumulative from the time of identifying the child to the time of departure from India.

Age Requirements: PAPs should be at least 30 and no more than 55 years of age. Married couples may not have a combined age of more than 90 years. These provisions may be relaxed in exceptional cases, such as the adoption of older children, sibling groups, and children with special needs. However, in no case should the age of any one of the PAPs exceed 55 years. Single parents up to age 45 can adopt. PAPs should be at least 21 years older than the child.

Marriage Requirements: A married couple that has been in a stable relationship for at least 5 years. Single persons (never married, widowed, divorced) up to 45 years can also adopt.

Income Requirements: There are no income requirements for intercountry adoptions from India.

Other Requirements:
-The financial status and health of PAPs should be covered in the Home Study Report.
-A second adoption from India will be considered only after the legal adoption of the first child is completed, except in the case of siblings adopted at the same time.
-Same sex couples are not eligible to adopt.