International Adoption from India
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Announcement: The India Adoption Guidelines Governing Adoption of Children, 2015 – Effective August 1, 2015
On 7/23/2015 all U.S.-based adoption agencies with licenses in India were issued the long anticipated Guidelines Governing Adoption of Children, 2015 from the Ministry of Women and Child Development, the federal ministry who oversees CARA (Central Adoption Resource Authority), the Central Adoption Authority in India. This program description reflects these new guidelines.
International Family Services has enjoy a long and successful relationship with the government of India and has been recognized as an Authorized Foreign Adoption Agency (AFAA) since the 1990s.
In the summer of 2015 the long-anticipated Guidelines Governing Adoption of Children – 2015, were released making India adoptions even more attractive for adoptive families.
India has substantially increased the number of Specialized Adoption Agencies (SAAs – licensed children’s homes) from which CARA (Central Adoption Resource Authority) may refer children for international adoption. More licensed institutions means more children available for adoption.
CARA has also taken significant steps to streamline the India adoption experience. Persons of Indian heritage – NRI/OCI/PIO (NRI – one parent is a non-resident Indian – a citizen of India holding an Indian passport but legally residing in the US, OCI – at least one parent is registered with the Indian government as Overseas Citizen of India, PIO – Person of Indian Origin) may request the state in India they wish to adopt from and referrals can come from any of the SAAs in that state. Prospective Adoptive Parents with no Indian heritage (India refers to these PAPs as “foreign”) cannot specify a state of preference. Foreign PAPs may be referred children from an SAA anywhere in India.
About the Children
Healthy children and Special Needs children are available. While India has greatly increased the availability of healthy and special needs children for both Indian and non-Indian heritage families, India makes special provision for adoptions to families of Indian heritage. India allows OCI, PIO, and foreign families to adopt healthy children, only after the children have been made available to resident Indian and NRI families for a period of 60 days. Priority for healthy children is given to families in the following order: (i) NRI, (ii) OCI, (iii) PIO, (iv) foreign. Depending on the availability of healthy children, PIO and foreign families should be open to children who are considered special needs. Special needs can include older children (5 and up), siblings of all ages, and children with physical special needs. We are very pleased that there are greater numbers of special needs children for families whose hearts are open to receive a special needs child in need of loving parents. To learn more about special needs adoption – http://ifservices.org/special-needs-adoption/.
Most of the children in India are of Indian descent. Many are of fairer complexion, some are dark skinned, and all have black hair, dark eyes and beautiful features. Boys and girls range in age from 9 months – 18 years, however, by the time a child arrives in the U.S., the children will usually be a minimum of 24 months old. Please contact IFS for current time lines. Government guidelines require all adoptive parents to travel to India to pick up their children. Our IFS families travel to New Delhi to be met by our IFS India staff.
Registering PAPs on CARINGS (Child Adoption Resources Information and Guidance System)
All Prospective Adoptive Parents are registered on CARINGS (managed by CARA). To be registered PAPs must be under contract with IFS, have an approved home study and completed dossier documents.
IFS Indian License and Hague Accreditation
IFS is officially licensed and approved as an AFAA (Authorized Foreign Adoption Agency) with a non-expiring license from CARA (Central Adoption Resource Authority), the Central Authority for adoptions in India. India is also a Hague Convention country. IFS is a COA Hague Accredited Agency.
Requirements for Perspective Adoptive Parents (PAPs):
- One applicant must be a U.S. citizen.
- Couples with more than four children shall not be considered for India adoption.
- PAP(s) must be at least 25 years older than the child they are adopting.
- Individual PAP age should be no more than 55 years.
- Married couples must be married for at least two years and have a stable marital relationship.
- To adopt a child up until 4 years of age, the combined maximum composite age of the adoptive parents should be less than 90 years at the time of registration with CARA.
- To adopt a child 4 and up until 8 years of age, the combined maximum composite age of the adoptive parents should be less than 100 years at the time of registration with CARA.
- To adopt a child 8 and up until 18 years of age, the combined maximum composite age of the adoptive parents should be less than 110 years at the time of registration with CARA. NOTE: USCIS limits the age of an adopted child who can be immigrated to the US to less than 16 years of age. USCIS will allow children 16, 17 and up to 18 years of age if that child is a biological sibling and part of a sibling group (with younger siblings) that is being adopted together at the same time.
- Singles should be less than 45 years at the time of registration with CARA to adopt a child up until 4 years of age.
- Singles should be less than 50 years at the time of registration with CARA to adopt a child 4 and up until 8 years of age.
- Singles should be less than 55 years at the time of registration with CARA to adopt a child 8 and up until 18 years of age. NOTE: USCIS limits the age of an adopted child who can be immigrated to the US to less than 16 years of age. USCIS will allow children 16, 17 and up to 18 years of age if that child is a biological sibling and part of a sibling group (with younger siblings) that is being adopted together at the same time.
- Un-married or single men may not adopt a girl child.
Fees & Expenses
IFS Agency Coordination Fee: $4550
Unrelated children adopted at the same time: India does not make provision for the adoption of two unrelated children at the same time. PAPs may register to adopt siblings.
Expatriate (clients living out of the U.S.): Additional $1,000
- $30 Texas apostilles ($10 each) – for 3 documents (Undertaking, CARA license, IFS license) IFS adds to every dossier.
- Review of home study report conducted by a non-accredited agency in a Hague Convention case – $500.
- Conversion of an adoption from a non-Convention case to a Convention case – $250.
- Visa per adoptive child – $230
- Apostilles (for dossier documents – varies per state).
- Post-Arrival Reports (PARs) ** – $800 – PAR FEES DUE AT TIME OF HOME STUDY COMPLETION/SUBMISSION.
- All travel related expenses. Once the location of the child assignment from CARA is known, the adoptive parents will be required to cover the travel costs of the IFS in-country coordinator who serves on behalf of the client. IFS will provide an estimate of these costs as soon as they are known to us.
Subsequent IFS adoption anytime after initial adoption: $4,450 (plus program and orphanage fees)
Fees subject to change without notice. Contact your Adoption Consultant for more information.
International Family Services, Inc. is a non-profit adoption agency and child referral organization under IRS code 501(c)(3). We work domestically (United States) and internationally to identify adoptable children for referral to families from all 50 U.S. states and U.S. citizens living abroad, in coordination with a state licensed home study agency from the prospective adoptive parentís home state. International Family Services is a licensed child-placing agency in Texas, Oregon, Arizona, Arkansas, and Pennsylvania (including home study services); registered in Illinois. IFS is Hague Accredited by the Council on Accreditation.
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