- Fill in the online application form
- Upload the required documents
Home Study –
- The home study will be conducted by a social worker from the selected Specialized Adoption Agency (SAA). The social worker interacts with and counsels the prospective adoptive parents (PAPs) and assesses their intentions and interests to ensure that they will be able to care for a non-biological child. In the case of couples, the PAPs are interviewed together, as a couple, as well as individually so as to assess each one’s state of mind. The extended family may be interviewed as well.
- The SAA will then forward the Home Study Report to the Child Adoption Resource Information and Guidance System as soon as it is completed.
- The PAPs shall be declared eligible and suitable based upon the Home Study Report and supporting documents.
- In case any PAP is declared not eligible or suitable, the reasons for the same shall be recorded in the Child Adoption Resource Information and Guidance System. The PAPs may appeal against the decision of rejection to the Authority.
- On the basis of seniority – registration and uploading of documents, the PAPs will be sent the online profile of three children which will include photographs, the Child Study Reports and the Medical Examination Reports.
- After viewing the profiles of the children, the PAPs may reserve one child within a period of forty-eight hours for possible adoption. The other two profiles will be released for further referrals.
- The details of the PAPs will be forwarded to the SAA and an appointment will be fixed for the PAPs to meet the child and for assessing the suitability of the match.
- This process is to be completed within 20 days from reservation.
- The PAPs will be counselled at the SAA.
- If the PAPs accept the child, they will sign acceptance documents including the child’s reports.
- The PAPs may get the Medical Examination Report of the child reviewed by a medical practitioner of their choice before giving their acceptance for adoption of the child.
- If the PAPs reject the child or if the Adoption Committee does not find the PAPs suitable, the reasons will be recorded and the PAPs will be relegated to the bottom of the list.
Pre-adoption Foster Care –
The child shall be taken in pre-adoption foster care by the PAPs within 10 days from the date of matching, after signing the pre-adoption foster care undertaking in the format provided.
- The SAA will file an application in the court concerned within 10 working days from the date of matching.
- The court shall hold the adoption proceeding in-camera and dispose of the case within a period of 2 months from the date of filing of the adoption application.
- The SAA will forward a certified copy of the adoption order to the PAPs within 10 days of receiving it from the court.
- The SAA will apply to the birth certificate issuing authority for obtaining the birth certificate of the child within three working days from the date of issuance of adoption order, with the name of adoptive parents as parents, and date of birth as recorded in the adoption order and the same shall be issued by the issuing authority within five working days from the date of receipt of the application.
Follow-up Reports –
- The SAA which prepared the Home Study Report, will prepare the post-adoption follow-up report on six monthly basis for two years from the date of pre-adoption foster placement. The same will be uploaded in Child Adoption Resource Information and Guidance System along with photographs of the child.
- In case the adoptive parents relocate, they must inform the agency which has conducted their home study and the District Child Protection Unit of the district where they relocate.