Thursday, January 10, 2008

Some FAQs About Adoption

1. How do children come to the Placement Agencies?

Many children are abandoned in the hospitals or in the street corners for various reasons. These children are referred to as "abandoned children", whereas in certain cases, the mother surrenders her child due to various reasons. In these cases, the child is referred to as "surrendered child". Any placement agency will have both the abandoned or surrendered children. In the case of surrender of a child, the parents willing to surrender should execute a document as Free Will under no compulsion to surrender the child. The surrendered document is executed on a stamped paper in the presence of two responsible witnesses. In the case of a destitute and abandoned child, special courts called Juvenile Welfare Board or Child
Welfare Committee have to give its clearance that the child is legally free for adoption. Only after getting the clearance from the Juvenile Welfare Board, destitute and abandoned children could be adopted.

2. Can I as a foreigner, adopt an Indian child?

Yes. But you have to follow procedures laid down in Guidelines for Adoption from India 2006.

3. Who may be adopted?

Any child, who has not been already adopted, can be adopted.

4. What is NOC?

NOC is a “No Objection Certificate" issued by Central Adoption Resource Agency for a child to be placed in Inter-country adoption with a particular parent / parents.

5. How long does it take for a NOC to be issued? Is there any fee for it?

If all papers are in order and complete, it will not take more than 10 – 15 days to issue a NOC. There are no fees chargeable for it.

6. Where can I know the status of my child’s NOC?

You can approach the Indian Placement Agency from where you have accepted the Child.

7. How much do I have to pay for adopting a child?

No fee is charged for giving a child in adoption. However, you may have to pay a nominal sum, which the licensed agency might have incurred, for keeping the child in their institution. However, this fee also will be fixed by the Court of Law.

8. How much time will it take for me to adopt a baby?

In order to have a full-fledged legal adoption, there are certain procedures to be followed that have been detailed under the heading "The Procedures". These procedures may take up at least 3 months till you finally bring your baby home.


1 comment:

Alka said...

Hi all, my name is Alka Thakur and I am also a member of P.G.C.A.I

I was going through the blog and I must say the work that has been done and is being done is commendable.

I too have filed for an adoption of a girl child in Bangalore. I have submitted all the required documents and have completed the first session of counseling with the representative of the agency.

During my counseling, the representative used the word "Relinquished Child" for "Surrendered Child". I was wondering if you could also mention the term "Relinquished Child" in addition to the term "Surrendered Child" so that other adoptive parents do not have difficulty in understating either terms.

Once again, keep up the good work and do let me know if I can be of any help.