In order to be eligible for adoption, a child must be legally free, meaning that the birth parents should have relinquished the child by signing papers to that effect. Once this is done, the birth parents have no right over the child. In cases of orphaned, abandoned or lost cases, the baby becomes free for adoption only when the Child Welfare Committee declares the child eligible for adoption.
Separation of siblings is not permitted under any circumstances.
The best interests of the child must be taken into consideration.
Efforts are made to place children with families before they become 12 years old.
Once a child crosses 6 years of age, the child’s consent becomes crucial in the adoption process.
The credibility of the prospective adoptive parents must be ascertained before a child is placed with them.
Post-adoption follow-ups should be carried out to ensure the well being of the child.