Government departments or any other duly authorised body
notified by their Govt. to function as Central
Authorities of foreign countries under the Hague
Convention on Inter-country Adoption-1993 will be
treated as Central Authorities by CARA.
Foreign Adoption Agencies enlisted by CARA shall be
called Enlisted Foreign Adoption Agencies (EFAAs)
will approve/authorize and maintain a list of all
Enlisted Foreign Adoption Agencies EFAAs) who can
forward applications of foreign prospective adoptive
parents including NRIs (Non Resident Indians) to it for
Recognized Indian Agencies for Inter-country
will recognize/accredit Indian Placement Agencies for
Inter-country Adoption (RIPA). It shall publish once a
year a list of RIPAs in leading national and vernaculars
newspapers. CARA shall send this list once a year to the
High Courts in the country for circulation to the
District Courts. RIPAs shall function as accredited
bodies as per the Hague Convention of 1993.
Adoption Coordinating Agencies (ACAs)
shall be a centralized agency namely Adoption
Coordinating Agency (ACA) earlier known as Voluntary
Coordinating Agency (VCA) in the state or even in a
large city where there are several recognised placement
and child welfare agencies to promote in-country
adoption and issue clearance in case of all
Adoption Scrutiny Agencies (ASAs)
open to the Court to seek assistance from the Indian
Council for Child Welfare or the Indian Council for
Social Welfare or any of its branches/any independent,
reputed and officially recognized Child/Social Welfare
Agency for scrutinizing the adoption applications with a
view to ensure the welfare of the child.
Indian Diplomatic Mission
Diplomatic Missions abroad, will liaison with concerned
Central/Public Authorities to ensure safeguards of
children of Indian origin adopted by foreign parents
against neglect, maltreatment, exploitation or abuse.
They will receive a statement of all Indian children
cleared for adoption by foreign nationals (including
NRIs/PIOs) from CARA once a year.
Missions will be encouraged to interact with the Foreign
Enlisted Agencies and Central Authorities in their area
of jurisdiction and arrange get togethers of the adopted
children and their parents.
CARA may levy any recognition/renewal processing fee or
any other charges with the approval of the Ministry of
Social Justice & Empowerment from time to time.