Govt to ease adoption rules for PIOs, treat them as Indians

As per existing rules, only 20 per cent of children in need of adoption can be given to foreign families.

Written by Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi | Published:June 3, 2014 12:02 am
Maneka told officials at a review meeting on Monday that that with so many Indians settled abroad keen to adopt children, these rules need to be relaxed, especially when the concept of adoption is yet to catch on in India. Maneka told officials at a review meeting on Monday that that with so many Indians settled abroad keen to adopt children, these rules need to be relaxed, especially when the concept of adoption is yet to catch on in India.

Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has directed officials in the ministry to change adoption guidelines so that people of Indian origin settled abroad can be treated as Indians rather than as foreigners.

As per existing rules, only 20 per cent of children in need of adoption can be given to foreign families. Maneka told officials at a review meeting on Monday that that with so many Indians settled abroad keen to adopt children, these rules need to be relaxed, especially when the concept of adoption is yet to catch on in India.

Sources in the ministry said Maneka also expressed her displeasure at the long waiting list of over 10,000 parents waiting to adopt, and the infrequent meetings of both the district child welfare committees and the Central Adoption Research Authority (CARA), the nodal body for adoptions.

“The minister said there is no reason to treat people of Indian origin settled abroad as foreigners. There are huge Indian populations in countries like Mauritius, Fiji, Malaysia etc who trace their origins to India over several generations… The minister feels that adoption guidelines should be changed appropriately so that these people are treated at par with Indians. It does not require any change of law,” said an official who attended the meeting. The plan is to include all those countries which are signatories to and have ratified the Hague Convention.

As per the current procedure, foreign couples — defined as couples residing abroad — who want to adopt Indian children have to go through the authorised foreign adoption agencies recognised by CARA. After due procedure and an evaluation of their homes, couples are given charge of children. Indian couples on the other hand can directly register themselves on the web portal CARINGS. The process is faster for Indian couples but the demand is higher among couples settled abroad.

“Under the plan that is currently under consideration, couples of Indian origin, even if they are residing abroad can directly register on our portal. These will be considered as domestic adoption. It will simplify the adoption procedure for them though the home study will still have to be done by an agency in that country,” explained a CARA official.

It was also decided that CARA would be given statutory status. The minister directed CARA to meet daily to clear the adoption backlog and asked the district committees to meet at least once a week.

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App

  1. I
    Itsaboutlaw Namrata Chandrakar
    Aug 23, 2015 at 10:51 pm
    You may also want to know about Child Adoption Rules For Foreigners In India:
    Reply
  2. A
    Ajoy Chakra
    Jun 2, 2014 at 7:19 pm
    Good Start. Menaka shows humanitarian side . appreciable
    Reply
  3. R
    Rational Thinker
    Jun 3, 2014 at 5:01 pm
    Excellent start. There are good and willing parents;and there are children needing love and care of families. It is bureaucracy that is playing the villain. Also, Indian kids bring good name to their parents and their country of origin wherever they go. The minister should be able to make a drastic improvement with her intense involvement
    Reply
  4. S
    sheeba
    Jun 6, 2014 at 5:03 pm
    Stop adoption of children to foreign nationals all together as there is a long waiting list of parents in India or POIs.
    Reply