India

ATTENTION: This program is open to all qualified families, including those with no Indian heritage.

Our India Adoption Program

Namaste. Since 1975, Children’s House International has been serving the orphan children of India. The Central Adoption Resource Authority of India (CARA) recognizes Children’s House as an Authorized Foreign Adoption Agency to place Indian orphans into loving adoptive families. Our International Specialist has been leading our India program for the last 18 years and has two beautiful children adopted from India. We work closely with CARA in order to provide the best service possible to our adoptive families.

Did You Know?

  • India has a database with over 400 children waiting for a family.
  • The waiting children are between 3 6 months to 16 years old.
  • These waiting children have special needs ranging from very minor and correctable to severe.
  • You can be an NRI, OCI or non-Indian heritage family to adopt.
  • CARA holds a waitlist of Registered families within their office and can directly refer a child to you that is not on the CARINGS Site. *Time frames may vary with the age range you are requesting and can be a longer than being matched with a child with special needs on the CARINGS site.

Indian children are beautiful and loving and so very deserving of a loving family and secure future. Please click on the “Children Available” tab above for more information on children in need. Note: The photos shown on this page are stock photos only and not of the actual children waiting for adoption. India does not allow photos of waiting children to be shown on the internet.

Note: The photos shown on this page are stock photos only and not of the actual children waiting for adoption. India does not allow photos of waiting children to be shown on the internet.

Adoption Forms and Fees

For more information, including our application, agency retainer agreement and financial agreements and statistical information on the number of adoption placements per year for the prior 3 calendar years, the number of placements that remain intact, the number of families who apply to adopt each year, and the number of waiting children eligible for adoption, click here.

Note: The photos shown on this page are stock photos only and not of the actual children waiting for adoption. India does not allow photos of waiting children to be shown on the internet.

For more information email: inquiry@chiadopt.org

Adoption Process

Referral Process:

There are two ways to receive a referral of a child from India.  Once your home study has been  uploaded to the CARINGS system, CARA may, at its discretion, send you the information on one or two children to review. These children are usually healthy or present with minor physical special needs.  At this time CARA does not release the wait times of each family or the placement number of a family.

At the same time, you are waiting for CARA to refer a child, your case manager and International Specialist will be reviewing possible matches that come available on the CARA Waiting Child list, there are over 400 children on this list. These children, both girls and boys, range in age from 6 months to 16 years old. They have special needs ranging from very minor and/or correctible to severe.

Home Study Process:

Upon receipt of your application, your case manager will coordinate your home study with your social worker. If you live in Washington, Utah, Texas, Louisiana, Florida or Massachusetts, a Children’s House Social Worker will do your home study. If you live in another state, you may access the list of Hague Accredited home study agencies from the link here http://childrenshouseinternational.com/home-study-agency-recommendations. During your home study process, you will complete the required adoption education courses, file for USCIS (I-800A) approval, file for your OCI status (if you have Indian heritage) and compile your dossier. Once your home study is approved, it will be uploaded to the CARINGS system.

CARA will review your home study and, when accepted, place you in line to receive a referral. CARA issues referrals based on registration date of file. During this time, you will also be eligible to be matched with a waiting child, if you so desire. Once you have reviewed all available information on a child and have accepted a referral, your dossier will be forwarded to the Specialized Adoption Agency (SAA or orphanage), and the SAA will forward the official child referral documents to us for signature and notary. This is called an Article 16 report. Children’s House International encourages you to send the child’s information to an international medical adoption specialist for review.

Children’s House International will then file an I-800 with USCIS. USCIS issues provisional approval to you and an Article 5 letter is sent to CARA. At that time the SAA will submit your case for the CARA No Objection Certificate (NOC). CARA grants the NOC and sends it to the SAA. Your file is then submitted to Court and the Court will grant a full and final adoption to you under the Juvenile Justice Act. Once your adoption is granted, certified copies of the court order are applied for. Upon receipt, the SAA will apply for your child’s Indian Passport. Upon receipt, you will be able to travel to India to bring your child home. (see Travel Process)

Note: The photos shown on this page are stock photos only and not of the actual children waiting for adoption. India does not allow photos of waiting children to be shown on the internet.

For more information email: inquiry@chiadopt.org

Children Available

  • There are over 400 children on India’s Waiting Child list . Many with minor and/or correctible special needs.
  • The waiting children are between 6 months to 16 years old.
  • There are 4 categories of health status of the children in India: normal health, physically challenged and mentally challenged and multiple disability. *families choosing normal health could receive referrals for children with minor correctable, medicals needs in addition to resolved medical needs.
  • CHI requires that Prospective Adoptive parents be open to considering a child with minor/correctible needs
  • Children’s House does not accept applications from families wishing to adopt only healthy young babies.
  • The child you adopt from India must be the youngest child in your family.

Note: The photos shown on this page are stock photos only and not of the actual children waiting for adoption. India does not allow photos of waiting children to be shown on the internet.

For more information email: inquiry@chiadopt.org

Parent Requirements

At least one spouse must be a US Citizen. Our government does not allow permanent residents to adopt and then sponsor the immigrant child to enter the United States. 

  • The prospective adoptive parents (PAPS) should be financially stable with the ability to comfortably support a child.
  • Single women are eligible to adopt a child of any gender
  • Single men shall not be eligible to adopt a girl child
  • Couples must be married for a minimum of 2 years
  • Couples with three children shall only be considered for special needs children
  • The child you adopt from India must be the youngest child in your family
  • The minimum age difference between the child and either of the PAPS should not be less than twenty-five years
  • The age of prospective adoptive parents as on the date of registration shall be counted for deciding the eligibility and the eligibility of prospective adoptive parents to apply for children of different age groups shall be as under –

Age of the child Maximum composite age of prospective adoptive parents Maximum age of single prospective adoptive parent
Up to 4 years 90 years 45 years
Above 4 up to 8 years 100 years 50 years
Above 8 up to 18 years 110 years 55 years
 

Note: The photos shown on this page are stock photos only and not of the actual children waiting for adoption. India does not allow photos of waiting children to be shown on the internet.

For more information email: inquiry@chiadopt.org

Travel Process

India has changed its adoption process to where all adoptions are final under the Juvenile Justice Act. Families will travel to India for approximately 12 days. You will first go to the city where your child is living, spend a few days to become acquainted and then travel to New Delhi. In New Delhi, you will first have the required Visa Medical Exam done and then when the report is ready, you will have your Visa Appointment at the US Embassy. If your child is 2 years or older, there is a required TB test. You must plan an extra 2 days’ time for the TB test to be read.

After your child’s Visa Appointment, you must return the next business day to pick up the visa. You may then arrange an appointment at the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) office for your Exit Permit. This takes two days. Then you may bring your child home.

Your Children’s House India Team will assist you with every detail of planning a wonderful trip to India. It will truly be a trip of a lifetime.

Note: The photos shown on this page are stock photos only and not of the actual children waiting for adoption. India does not allow photos of waiting children to be shown on the internet.

For more information email: inquiry@chiadopt.org

Please click HERE for our India Waiting Children page. Please note that India does not allow photographs or any identifying information on its children to be put on the Internet. India has a database with over 400 waiting children.

More HIV+ Children

There are HIV+ children, both boys and girls, of all ages waiting in India for their forever family. These children are on proper medication and doing well. Many are babies, others are older and doing well in school.


Limb Differences and Malformed hands and feet

There are several waiting children in India, boys and girls of all ages with limb differences and malformed hands and feet. They are otherwise described as healthy and energetic.


Hearing Loss and Low Vision

Children are often available with mild to moderate hearing loss or low vision. They are usually placed very quickly.

Families will not begin the matching process until their home study is approved.


The One – by Devi Anderson

Standing outside the window looking in

I see children’s faces light

Up when they see their future, but what about me?

I see a family ecstatic to find the one, yet I am left behind.

But what is this now

I see a mother looking back at me.

Then again, could she accept who I am?

Would she judge me by my skin?

Would she judge me by my caste?

Would she have me for who I am – a little girl cast aside and left alone.

Standing outside the window looking in

Now I have a mother beside me hugging me for the first time.

I feel safe.

I can see my future.

We are family.

Devi is the daughter of our International Specialist, Lisa Anderson. She read this poem in class while Lisa was present for a Mother’s day event. Devi was adopted from India when she was 7 years old. She is now 23 and a psychology major at the University of Southeastern Louisiana.


Note: The photos shown on this page are stock photos only and not of the actual children waiting for adoption. India does not allow photos of waiting children to be shown on the internet.

For more information email: inquiry@chiadopt.org

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Fun Country Facts:

India is the second largest country in Asia, filling a major part of the south Asian subcontinent.  The mainland consists of four well-defined regions; the great mountain zone, the Indo Gangetic plain, the desert region and the southern Peninsula.

There are four seasons that are recognized: cold weather, hot weather, rainy season and the season of the retreating south-west monsoon or just monsoon season.

Official Name: Republic of India

Capital: New Delhi

Government: Federal Parliamentary Republic

Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)

Population: 1.252 billion (2013 world bank)

President: Shri Pranab Mukherjee

States and Union Territories: 29 states, 7 union territories

Language(s): Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Punjabi, Assamese, Maithili, Kashmiri, Sindhi and Sanskrit. English is widely spoken as well.

Note: The photos shown on this page are stock photos only and not of the actual children waiting for adoption. India does not allow photos of waiting children to be shown on the internet.

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