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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.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

What drives people to resort to illegal adoption?

Yesterday there was a story on NDTV titled "Babies for sale" and it happened in Andhra Pradesh. It took place in a district (and town) I grew up in and I couldn't believe my eyes and ears.

You can read the transcript of the story here:

It is believed that the money factor is what drives people to resort to illegal adoption but here in this case it is shown that they (illegal adoptive parents) are willing to pay almost equal amount of money of legal adoption to adopt illegally so the question is why do people in India want to resort to illegal adoption?

Knowing what I know, I feel it is the society that is to be blamed. There is enormous amount of burden to have biological children in India and infertility is equated with incompetence. On the other side, adoption is also not considered as the preferred option so the infertile couples are pressed between hard and the rock. They are forced to go in for an option that they see as "easy" and "accepting".

So how can this be changed? Well....answer is not easy. This change is not going to happen over night and it wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that it might take decades for this mindset to change. Government and non governmental organizations need to step in with widespread campaigns to educate people that adoption is a viable option. Legitimate adoptive families needs to come forward to share their stories openly for others to feel confident to pursue this journey.

Now in this story, impact on adoption triad is so strong that everyone is a loser. Unless and until the society wakes up to accept adoption as an alternative to build a family, these practices will go on and the families and more importantly children's lives will continue to be affected.

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