What is the procedure of adoption through CARA?
Step 1: Fulfil the criteria prescribed by the Ministry of Women & Child Development (click here to know more about the eligibility criteria). The social worker involved does a home study of adoptive parents.
Step 2: The social worker submits a summary report. A copy of that goes to CARA and another to the PAP. The HSR needs to be attested and notarized by the Indian high Commission in the country of your residence if you are an NRI.
Step 3: Look for a Recognized Indian Placement Agency (RIPA). These are basically government authorised orphanages that act through CARA
Step 4: Visit as many RIPAs as possible with multiple copies of the file. Zero in on a RIPA preferably in Delhi or Mumbai since it will expedite your court procedure later.
Step 5: Once you are offered a child by a RIPA, you will be advised to see the child in person. If you accept, the orphanage will charge you an adoption fee and apply to CARA on your behalf for an NOC. In about 15 days you can receive the NOC and the official custody of the child.
Once you get custody, if you are an NRI, you will need to remain in the country with your child, until the rest of the process is complete.
Step 6: Now you begin the court process. Courts in Delhi and Mumbai have dedicated judges devoted to clearing adoption cases. The lawyer your RIPA provides will assist you with the court process and time frame. In about 2 to 4 months you will be given legal approval and a deed of adoption prepared on your behalf.
In case you are an NRI, you can send your court adoption deed to a passport office to issue an Indian passport for your adopted child. Thereafter, depending on your residency status overseas/nationality, you will need to speak to the relevant embassy regarding the visa.
How do you get in touch with CARA?
Central Adoption Resource Agency
West Block 8, Wing-2, 2nd Floor,
RK Puram, New Delhi - 110 066, India.
Ph. 091-011- 26106725, 26106783, 26105346, 26180196