Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment

 New Delhi, The 1ST June, 2004 

S.O.      11(E).- In-Country adoption Guidelines were earlier circulated for the first time to all State Governments vide letter No. 1-4/98-CARA dated 14.9.1998. Subsequently, circulars have been issued to State Governments from time to time on matters relating to licensing of residential homes, setting up of state adoption Units, State Advisory Boards and monitoring of activities of adoption agencies etc. Instructions have also been issued to adoption agencies, so that common adoption practices are followed throughout the country. 

It has been felt that there is a need for a revised set of guidelines to regulate in-country adoptions so that common practices and norms can be ensured for adoption all over the country. The new set of guidelines cover issues relating to adoption fees, age criteria for adoptive parents, home study etc. It is hoped that these guidelines will facilitate in-country adoption of children who are abandoned, destitute or orphaned so that they get the opportunity to develop in a loving and caring home environment that is the right of every child. 



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