Naveen Patnaik

Adoption

What is Adoption?

As per Sub-section 2 of Section 2 under Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Act 2015, Adoption is the process through which the adopted child is permanently separated from his biological parents and becomes the lawful child of his adoptive parents with all the rights, privileges and responsibilities that are attached to a biological child.

Who can Adopt?

As per Section 57 of Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Act 2015, the eligibility of prospective adoptive parents are as follows:-
  1. The prospective adoptive parents shall be physically fit, financially sound, mentally alert and highly motivated for providing a good upbringing to him.
  2. In case of a couple, the consent of both the spouses for the adoption shall be required.
  3. A single or divorced person can also adopt, subject to fulfillment of the criteria and in accordance with the provisions of adoption regulations framed by the Authority.
  4. A single male is not eligible to adopt a girl child.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

  1. The prospective adoptive parents shall be physically,mentally and emotionally stable, financially capable and shall not have any life threatening medical condition..
  2. Any prospective adoptive parents, irrespective of his marital status and whether or not he has biological son or daughter, can adopt a child subject to following, namely:-. (a) the consent of both the spouses for the adoption shall be required, in case of a married couple; (b) a single female can adopt a child of any gender; (c) a single male shall not be eligible to adopt a girl child;
  3. No child shall be given in adoption to a couple unless they have at least two years of stable marital relationship.
  4. The age of prospective adoptive parents, as on the date of registration, shall be counted for deciding the eligibility and the eligibility of prospective adoptive parents to apply for children of different age groups shall be as follows:
    1. Upto 4 years, the Maximum composite age of prospective adoptive parents (couple) is 90 yrs and Maximum age of single prospective adoptive parent is 45 years.
    2. Above 4 and upto 8 years, the Maximum composite age of prospective adoptive parents (couple) is 100 years and Maximum age of single prospective adoptive parent is 50 years
    3. Above 8 and upto 18 years, the Maximum composite age of prospective adoptive parents (couple) is 110 years and Maximum age of single prospective adoptive parent is 55 years
  5. In case of couple, the composite age of the prospective adoptive parents shall be counted.
  6. The minimum age difference between the child and either of the prospective adoptive parents shall not be less than twenty-five years.
  7. The age criteria for prospective adoptive parents shall not be applicable in case of relative adoptions and adoption by step-parent.
  8. Couples with three or more children shall not be considered for adoption except in case of special need children as defined in sub-regulation (21) of regulation 2, hard to place children as mentioned in regulation 50 and in case of relative adoption and adoption by step-parent.

Online Registration Process:

Instructions for online Parent Registration:
  1. This registration is meant for Indian citizens residing in India .
  2. Please give your correct residential address and telephone no. with area code.
  3. You or your spouse must have a Permanent Account Number (PAN) card and you have to upload PAN card in portable document format (.pdf) – size should not exceed 512 KB.
  4. In case of single parent you need to upload only your photograph & in case of Couple/Family you need to upload entire family photograph. * Photograph should be in .jpg format (3.5 x 4.5 cm). – Size should not exceed 1 MB
  5. You must have an email account and mobile number.
  6. After successful registration, you will receive an online acknowledgement letter which will contain your registration and credential details.
  7. In case you misplace your online acknowledgement letter, then it can be regenerated using Forgot Password link available in Track Status page.
  8. Please upload the following documents:
    • a. Photograph of person/s adopting a child (Post Card Size).
    • b. Birth Certificate.
    • c. Proof of Residence (Adhaar Card/Voter Card/ Driving License/ Passport/ Current Electricity Bill/ Telephone Bill.
    • d. Proof of Income of last year (Salary Slip/ Income Certificate issued by Govt. Department/ Income Tax Return).
    • e. In case you are married, please upload Marriage Certificate.
    • f. In case you are divorcee, please upload copy of Divorce Decree.
    • g. In case of death of your spouse, please upload Death Certificate of spouse.
    • h. Certificate from a medical practitioner certifying that the PAPs(Prospective Adoptive Parents) do not suffer from any chronic, contagious or fatal disease and they are fit to adopt.
    • i. In case of incomplete/wrong information, your application is liable to be treated as invalid.
    • j. After registration, you should contact the adoption agency.
    • k. All original documents will have to be produced for verification.
    • l. Your eligibility for adoption will be decided by the adoption agency.