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GUIDELINES FOR FAMILY ADOPTION OF INDIANS STAYING ABROAD There’s more than one way to build a family and adopting a child into your home and your hearts is one of the most wonderful blessing.

The family is the primary setting for children’s development, and the importance of the early years of development for a person’s adult life is increasingly recognized. By virtue of ratification of the Convention on Rights of the child, Govt. of India has recognized the child’s right to a family especially within its own family members and familial-cultural milieu. With Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoption coming into force in India w.e.f. 1.10.2003, it has been obligatory for Central Adoption Resource Authority to come out with Guidelines on Family Adoptions so that children in crisis family situations are not deprived of a caring family. This guideline will be applicable for PIOs and NRIs who are habitually residing abroad have intention to adopt their relative’s child from India.

Since family adoption has to deal with families of both sides, it is mandatory for both the sides to understand the procedural requirements before initiating such proposal. The purpose is to enable a child to get a loving and caring family within his/her clan group when such placement is considered as best alternative in the given situation. Family adoption will be allowed in exceptional situations where the child to be adopted has a special situation as a result of parent/s death or adoption is thought up for certain situation benefiting families of both side without compromising child’s best interest.
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