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India Adoption Fast Facts

An overview of adopting from India plus links to helpful resources and adoption agencies placing children from India in your state.

India AdoptionIn November of 2012, India’s Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) suspended all intercountry adoption applications in order to clear a backlog of existing cases. In March of 2013, it lifted these restrictions for older and special needs children and, in February of 2014, began allowing Indian passport holders to register to adopt Indian children not classified as special needs. CARA is accepting 50 registrations per month worldwide for non-special needs children on a first-come, first-served basis.

Only nonprofit adoption service providers are allowed to work in India.

For up-to-date information, visit the India Adoption page on the U.S. State Department’s website. Get parent-to-parent advice and support in the India Adoptive Families group in our online community, AdoptiveFamiliesCircle.

Agency Directory of India Adoption
  • 2013 Adoptions: 119 children

  • Hague Country: Yes

  • Estimated Total Cost: $20,000 to $35,000

  • Profile of Children: 64% are between one and four years old; 72% are girls (2012).

  • Parent Ages: Adoptive parents must be at least 21 years older than the child. Single parents must be under 45. For married couples, both parents must be under 55, and their combined ages must be under 90.

  • Family Status: Both married couples and singles may adopt. Gay and lesbian couples may not adopt. Priority is given to parents of Indian heritage.

  • Travel: At least one, and preferably both parents must travel to India at least once for five to ten days. Some Indian placement agencies ask adoptive parents to stay with the child seven days before leaving the country.

  • Timeline: Usually one to two years, but can be longer.

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