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There are approximately 18000 parents registered with CARA, while the number of children in the Government's adoption pool is less 1800.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Adoption Q and A # 21

I want to adopt a child from India but in light of unethical/ illegal adoptions, how do I know that I am doing the right thing?

Great question. As a desiring individual, without any doubt you only want to do what is right. But unfortunately your sincerity alone doesn't seem to work in adoptions. You have to be informed, empowered, and a smart decision maker.

Child comes to be placed in adoptions in only two ways: 1. Abandonment and 2. Relinquishment. In either case there's a due process [click here to refer to Q and A # 6] that sets paper trail. You as an adoptive parents must be aware of this process and you must demand for the papers of the route that they have come in.

For example, if the child was abandoned, there has to be a paper of child welfare committee/ FIR at the nearest police station, documents to substantiate the search for the biological parents, and magistrate declaration to place child in adoption etc.

Your adoption must begin with a search for the right agency. Talk to as many adoptive parents as you possibly can to find the right one for you. There have been instances of forgery so if you sense a slightest doubt, you must seek help.

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