Grace Kennett Foundation, Mazhalai Illam is a recognized Specialized Adoption Agency. Mazhalai Illam is a home for the victims of female infanticide/ abandoned, surrendered, and orphaned children. On an average, we have about 30 infants.
The children are admitted in Mazhalai Illam – a children’s home, through government departments like District Child Protection Unit, District Child Welfare Committee and District Social Welfare Office. The admitted children are kept in quarantine (in the hospital) for observation and various medical examinations are done, as per the guidelines. Generally, children below 5 years are admitted. For abandoned children, intimation is given to the nearest police station and paper notifications are given to trace out the biological parents.
Parents who surrender their baby/ child are given 60 days to change their mind and claim their child. On completion of the procedures, the District Child Welfare Committee declares the admitted child as legally free for adoption. Later the child is referred to Prospective Adoptive Parents who have applied via CARINGS (CARA Website) as per their seniority and preference.
Parents / Individuals who want to adopt can seek adoption counselling in our office from Monday to Saturday (Time 9.00 am 5.00 pm)
A Home Study Report (HSR) is done to evaluate the capability of prospective adoptive parents to adopt a child.
Grace Kennett Foundation Mazhalai Illam has been recognized as an adoption centre by the State and the Central Government of India to do In-country and Inter-country Adoptions. Mazhalai Illam has done more than 1000 in-country and 500 inter-country adoptions.
Post adoption follow-up visits
Follow-up reports and visits after adoption are conducted in accordance with the adoption rules.
For adoption online application and details please visit www.cara.nic.in
Contact : +91 452 2601767 / 2601849