I am thinking of adopting a child. Who should I approach?

Adoption is a life-long commitment and it is advisable to think it through before making a decision.

When considering adoption, it is best to approach a recognized / licensed adoption agency in your area. Meet an experienced social worker at the agency who will be able to explain to you the intricacies, legalities and procedure in detail.

Meeting adoptive parents or seeking advice from a well established support group is also advisable in order to get a better understanding of what adoption actually entails. You could also visit an adoption therapist or a counselor who has experience in the area of adoption to help you decide if you are really ready for adoption.

Kindly keep in mind that all adoptions are facilitated through CARA alone. Do not make the mistake of going to people who promise a quick, hassle-free procedure in exchange for large sums of money or unlicensed organisations that claim to be adoption agencies. Similarly, avoid the temptation of going to a nursing home or hospital where there may be doctors who hand over new-born babies to people looking to adopt (either from the goodness of their heart or as a baby-selling business). Such forms of child adoption could lead to serious legal issues at a later stage as they could be forms of child trafficking.

 

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