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Criteria for adopting from India

Any prospective adoptive parent, irrespective of marital status and whether of not have biological children of thier own can adopt a child.

For those looking to adopt from India you must be physically, mentally and emotionally stable, financially capable and shall not have any life threatening medical condition.

You must also fulfil the following criteria:


Who can Adopt

Marital Status

Single female is eligible to adopt a child of any gender:

Single male person shall not be eligible to adopt a girl child (But can adopt a male child. This is more theoretical then happens in practice)

In case of a couple, the consent of both spouses shall be required;

No child shall be given in adoption to a couple unless they have at least two years of stable marital relationship;



The age of prospective parents on the date of registration will determine the age group of child that they are eligible for: 


Age of the child

Maximum composite age ofprospective adoptive parents 

Maximum age of singleprospective adoptive parent 

 Upto 4  years

90 years

45 years

 Above 4  upto 8  years

100 years

50  years

 Above 8  upto 18 years

110 years

55 years;


The minimum age difference between the child and either of the prospective adoptive parents should not be less than twenty five years;

The age for eligibility will be as on the date of registration of the prospective adoptive parents;


Other Criteria

Couples with more than four children shall not be considered for adoption;


Residency Requirements

CARA does not have any residency requirement when adopting, although some RIPAs (Recognised Indian Placement Agencies) require prospective adoptive parents to reside with their adopted child for seven days from the time of identifying the child to the time of leaving India.


Income Requirements

There are no income requirements for inter-country adoptions from India.


Financial Requirements

PAPs should be financially able to look after a child and this should be examined in the Home Study



PAPs health should be medically fit to  care for a child and this should be covered in the Home Study Report


Second adoption

A second adoption from India will only be considered only after the legal adoption of the first child is completed, except in the case of siblings adopted at the same time.


  If you would like to adopt a family member from India please contact as we have a family adoption programme.

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