documentationGetting together your documents could prove to be a tiresome process. However, it is an important part and parcel of the adoption procedure.

The documents to be submitted (the original along with two attested copies) are mentioned below:

  1. Proof of identity of the Prospective Adoptive Parents (passport / pan card / driving license /  voter card)
  2. Proof of address (proving residence for over a year)
  3. Marriage certificate (in case of married couples)
  4. Three recent postcard size photographs of the adoptive family
  5. Health certificate duly filled in by a registered medical practitioner certifying that the prospective adoptive parents are healthy and not suffering from any contagious / terminal disease or any mental / physical condition that could affect their ability to care for a child. Lab reports may also be included. Proof of infertility is not required. If the prospective adoptive parents have children already, their health certificates may also be asked for.
  6. Two letters of recommendation from people (not relatives) who know the adoptive parents well (to include comments on emotional, marital and financial stability and observation of parenting skills)
  7. Proof of income (in the case of self-employed individuals – IT statement for the last three years) (in the case of employed individuals – income certificate from the employer indicating the date of superannuation)
  8. Proof of financial status –┬ácopies of bank statements for the last six months; details of movable and immovable property owned by the prospective adoptive parents; details of loans taken by the prospective adoptive parents
  9. Written consent of biological / adopted children if they are above seven years of age
  10. Adoption decree, if applicable (in case of earlier adoptions)
  11. Divorce / legal separation decree if applicable (in case of a single prospective adoptive parent who was married earlier)
  12. Undertaking by a close relative stating that they will look after the child in the event of any unforeseen circumstance

However, to better assess the credibility of the prospective adoptive parents, the agency may also ask for documents such as

  1. A letter stating the reason for adoption
  2. Character certificates
  3. Police verification certificates
  4. A note stating the provision for child care arrangements, in case both prospective parents are working
  5. Attested copies of education / degree certificates
  6. Proof of date of birth

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