India programme
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India programme

1st October 2018

Applicants should be aware that there have not been any referrals from India since the opening of the programme.  We urge caution in selecting India as a programme for adoption.  We will monitor the programme with the Adoption Authority of Ireland and update applicants should the situation change.

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 :


10th May 2017 update

HHAMA Irish Fees

The HHAMA Fee applies to the Irish costs for intercountry adoption and is additional to the Sending Country Programme fee.

Details of the HHAMA Irish Fee are currently available on our Fees page

Sending Country Fees

N.B. These are in-country (India) costs only.   The payment of fees in India is under revision pending Government approval, until announced otherwise, the current fee schedule remains in place.

Charge #1 India Costs to CARA* $5,000
Charge #2 Facilitation in India $1,500
TOTAL India Program Fee  $6,500

*Charge #1 is payable in 2 stages, $3,000 at time of acceptance of referral and $2,000 and the time of adoption Court Order.

NOTE : Per CARA Guidelines– ‘To be paid by direct debit to the RIPA through the AFAA, in two equal instalments – one upon acceptance of the referral and the other on issue of the NOC by CARA. The prospective adoptive parents should not make any other payments to the RIPA other than the amounts stipulated above.’

Please contact us for a dossier listing and for a formal invitation to register for this program as, with all of our programs, it is important your application and expectations match the realistic profile of the children available from India.

The critical element of a dossier for India is that the homestudy report must conform to CARA acceptable format.  Please discuss with HHAMA should your assessment be underway so we can bring this template to your attention.

HHAMA and the Adoptive Parents have an obligation to keep CARA and concerned RIPA informed about the progress of placement through quarterly post-placement reports during the first year and half yearly reports during the second year of the child’s arrival in the receiving country and such follow-up shall continue up to a period of two years after the child acquires citizenship of the receiving country.

HHAMA also has an obligation to draw immediate special attention of its Central Authority or concerned Government Department, Indian embassy or mission, CARA and the concerned RIPA in cases where the final legal order for adoption does not take place within a period of 2 years of arrival in the receiving country. To this end HHAMA require a copy of the Entry in the Register of Inter-country Adoptions of Ireland.