The Adoption Regulations, 2022 came into effect on September 23, 2022, and introduced several changes.
Prospective Adoptive Parents (PAPs) can choose to adopt from their home state or region.
The maximum composite age for PAPs to adopt a child under 2 years old is 85 years.
PAPs with a composite age of 85 to 90 years, they can adopt children aged 2 to 4 years old.
Couples with two or more children can only adopt special needs children.
PAPs can select either a Specialized Adoption Agency or District Child Protection Unit for the Home Study Report (HSR) near their residence.
There is an adoption fee of Rs. 50,000 for in-country adoption, which covers the costs of preparing the Child Study Report, Medical Examination Report, child care, maintenance and administrative costs.
The District Magistrate is responsible for granting the adoption order.
The Home Study Report must be completed within 60 days of the submission of the necessary documents.
When resident Indian or non-resident Indian or Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder prospective adoptive parents do not reserve a child out of three referrals, such parents shall be debarred for a period of one year, after which they shall be eligible for fresh registration.
The foreign prospective adoptive parents shall also be debarred for a period of one year, if they do not reserve a child out of two referrals.
If the adoptive parents are found to be the cause of the disruption or dissolution, they shall be barred from adopting again.
The Chief Medical officer (CMO) of the district is now responsible for classifying the child as normal or having special needs in accordance with the Adoption Regulations, 2022, which were notified by the Government of India on September 23, 2022.
RI/NRI/OCI PAPs can reserve a specific category normal child directly from the SEVEN-DAY Portal, regardless of seniority, from November 14, 2022.
New modules for District Magistrates, Chief Medical Officers, Inter-country adoption under HAMA, and new registration forms for RI, NRI & OCI PAPs are available in CARINGS portal.
A “Hard to place child” referral is explained in the new Adoption Regulations,2022.
Child Referral cycle for RI/NRI/OCI & Foreigner PAPs are executed twice a week – Tuesdays and Thursdays from March, 2023.