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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.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Bollywood single mom adopts a second child

Not many celebrities are out there in India to look up to as role models in terms of adoption except for one. But she is no ordinary celebrity. She is a well recognized bollywood actress but single, adoptive mother not just once but twice, and she has adopted both girls.

I heard of a name 'Sushmitha Sen' in 1994 when she won the 'Miss Universe'. Since then she has become very successful in bollywood by acting along very big names in the industry. But she defied the conventional wisdom to live a life that's only dictated by her and her alone. Here the point that amazes about her is this: In India value for 'Female', 'Unmarried', 'Adoption' and 'Girl Child' is not very high but here she has defied all those precise things to come out as a winner.

I don't think she's ever married but became a mom 10 years ago for the first time through adoption. Now she has done it again. She is a role model to many in India to suggest that way to the parenthood not necessarily have to be through marriage alone.

First adoption was done under Hindu Adoption & Maintenance Act (HAMA) and the second adoption is completed under the Juvenile and Justice Act (JJ Act). This is a huge marketing boost to the JJ Act. Sushmita Sen is India's Angelina Jolie for adoptions.

You can read the newspaper article here

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