India


India has historically close links with the UK and can offer some prospective adopters the opportunity to adopt a child of the same racial and ethnic background. In addition the Indian eligibility criteria for prospective adoptive parents includes people who are not of Indian heritage although the wait might be longer for a match with a child.

The India adoption process is well organised and at IAC we are very familiar with working with our colleagues in India to support adopters through the process. Children come from across the Indian continent and most are living in orphanages prior to being placed.

Since 2011 IAC has been enlisted as an authorised Foreign Adoption Agency by the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA), the central authority for adoption in India. India is a country which is a signatory to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in respect of Intercountry Adoption 1993 and all adoptions from India are regulated through their Central Authority, the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA).

CARA require that approved adoptive parents must be registered on line with them and IAC is able to register prospective adoptive parents and support them through the waiting period. CARA will then review the application and once accepted onto the waiting list two children’s files will be shared with the prospective adoptive parents via IAC. Once in country IAC is able to support prospective adopters through the India process through regular contact with the institution where the child is living.

The children available

In line with many countries overseas India has many children living in institutions who would benefit from family life. As a Hague Convention country children are placed within families living in India (domestic adopters) as a first option but non- resident Indians living overseas are treated on a par with domestic adopters. Those holding Overseas Citizenship of India status or who are Foreigners may also apply.

IAC would therefore encourage prospective adoptive parents to be flexible as far as possible regarding the age range of the child/ren they would be willing to consider as many children needing homes are not babies but toddlers or older.

Eligibility for India

  • Both single adopters and married couples may adopt.
  • A married couple with a combined age of up to 90 years, or a single adopter up to 45 years may apply for a child up to 4 years of age.
  • A married couple with a combined age of up to 100 years, or a single adopter up to 50 years may apply for a child between 4-8 years of age.
  • A married couple with a combined age of up to 110 years, or a single adopter up to 55 years may apply for a child up to between 8 and 18 years of age.

Please see the Information Pack for details of further eligibility criteria. 

Who can use the Special Programme?

IAC is able to register any eligible family with CARA provided that the prospective adopter is:

  • Eligible to adopt from India. The IAC Information for Prospective Adoptive Applicants (India Special Programme) provides full details of eligibility criteria;
  • Lives in an area where IAC is able to undertake an adoption assessment;
  • Is not adopting an identified child*;
  • Willing to work exclusively with IAC for assessment and approval

*If you are adopting an identified child from India please speak to the Advice Line for information about the process.

Although it is possible for the Department for Education to register any approved adopter seeking to adopt from India with CARA, IAC would expect to register any prospective adopter approved by the agency. This ensures that IAC is able to liaise directly with both CARA and the Specialised Adoption Agencies in India about your case and about the child matches proposed.

There is a charge for this service and further details concerning the service and the costs can be found in the Information for Prospective Adopters: India Special Programme.

For further information about the special programme please contact the IAC Advice Line through the "Contact Us link.