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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.

Monday, April 14, 2008

How not to measure an Indian family’s worthiness to adopt a child?

If you have been reading my posts on different forums in the past year or so, I have raised the issue of disparity of adoption costs (for Indian families) compared to the income of average Indian family. What I mean is this: Maximum adoption costs prescribed by CARA for Indian families is Rs. 25,200/- while the per capita income calculated by Central Statistical Organization for the year 2006 is Rs. 20,700/-.

By this calculation, an average poor Indian doesn’t ever hold a chance to adopt a child. Recently when I raised this issue with an adoption professional, I was reminded that the families are for children but children are not for families. What this statement means is that a child is entitled to a good home (or a family) but every family is not necessarily entitled to a child. I couldn’t agree more.

In continuation to the above argument, I was told that the costs are deliberately kept high so that a good family that can afford to take care of the child is found. In essence, it is presented that a family’s economic prosperity is directly proportional the worthiness of the family to take care of the child. I couldn’t disagree more.

If economics is the only criteria, in India, contrary to private sector, a public sector employee earns less but has the ultimate job security with pension and other retirement benefits. To deny a child a home of a public sector employee purely based on income levels is completely missing the point.

I understand and agree with the spirit of the logic used but restricting to evaluate a family’s worthiness to adopt by simply evaluating their income levels may be agrarian in nature. This policy also can implicitly promote illegal adoptions among the low socio-economic status families, as they see no way out to adopt a child legally.

Hope some other criteria can also be built in to find a suitable family along with income levels.


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