The important aspect of the India adoption application is the age differential table which applies.
It is imperative that applicants are aware of their age differential eligibility in determining the age of child to seek approval to adopt. Please discuss with HHAMA further.
Extract from CARA website:
26. Procedure for Inter-country Adoption as per the Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoption,
(1) The authorities and agencies involved in Inter-country adoption process shall be,
(a) Court of Competent Jurisdiction who can pass Order for Adoption;
(b) Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA);
(c) Central Authority in the receiving Country (CA);
(d) Indian Diplomatic Missions Abroad;
(e) Foreign Diplomatic Missions in India;
(f) Authorised Foreign Adoption Agency (AFAA);
(g) State Adoption Resource Agency (SARA) or Adoption Coordinating Agency (ACA);
(h) Recognised Indian Placement Agency (RIPA); and
(i) Adoption Recommendation Committee (ARC).
(2) The authorities and agencies referred to in sub-paragraph (1) shall be guided by the procedure laid down for inter-country adoption in these Guidelines which draws strength from the Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoption-1993 provided in Schedule IX.
27. Registration for NRI or OCI or PIO or Foreign PAP(s). –
(1) The PAP(s) desiring to adopt any child or children from India may register with the Authorized Foreign Adoption Agency (AFAA) or Central Authority (CA) or Government Department dealing with adoption matters in the receiving country.
(2) The PAP(s)with the assistance of AFAA or CA shall obtain the permission of the competent authority of their country for adopting a child from India.
28. Home Study and other requirements. –
(1) A professional social worker of the AFAA or Central Authority or Government Department dealing with adoption matters in the country of the habitual residence (365 days or more) of the PAP(s), shall conduct their Home Study and shall prepare the HSR and the HSR shall contain all documents as specified in Schedule VI.
(2) All documents forming part of the Home Study Report shall be notarized and the signature of the notary is to be apostilled by competent authority of the receiving country.
(3) If the documents are in any language other than English, then the originals must be accompanied by translations in English attested by competent authority.
(4) The HSR of PAP(s) shall remain valid for a period of two years but the medical status of the PAP(s) should not be more than one year old at the time of referral of the child.
(5) The Home Study Report should also indicate preferences, if any, of the PAP(s) about the child’s age, sex, physical and medical condition, or location within India.
A detailed overview is available from CARA website :