Adoption process — 4- surrendered child

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(1)       The rel­e­vant pro­vi­sions relat­ing to the process of declar­ing a sur­ren­dered child as legal­ly free for adop­tion are laid down in sec­tions 32, 33, 39 and 41 of the Act and the rules made there­un­der.

(2)       The details of the child along with his pho­tograph shall be entered online in the Child Adop­tion Resource Infor­ma­tion and Guid­ance Sys­tem by the spe­cialised adop­tion agen­cy with­in sev­en­ty two hours from the time of receiv­ing the child.

(3)       The fol­low­ing infor­ma­tion shall be sub­mit­ted by spe­cialised adop­tion agen­cy to the Child Wel­fare Com­mit­tee along with any oth­er infor­ma­tion speci­fic to the case. -

(a)       the name of the child, date of birth or age and place of birth along with birth record or cer­tifi­cate, if avail­able;

(b)       the names, address and iden­ti­ty proof of the bio­log­i­cal par­ents or accom­pa­ny­ing adult, if the sur­ren­der­ing par­ent is a minor;

©       details of close rel­a­tives of the bio­log­i­cal parent(s), if avail­able;

(d)       details of sibling(s), if any;

(e)       known med­ical his­to­ry of the child and bio­log­i­cal parent(s);

(f)        cir­cum­stances of the child which may include rea­sons for sur­ren­der  and social back­ground.

(4)       To dis­cour­age sur­ren­der by bio­log­i­cal par­ents, efforts shall be made by the spe­cialised adop­tion agen­cy or the Child Wel­fare Com­mit­tee for explor­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ty of par­ents retain­ing the child, which shall include coun­selling and encour­ag­ing them to retain the child and explain­ing that the process of sur­ren­der is irrev­o­ca­ble.

(5)       The spe­cialised adop­tion agen­cy and the Child Wel­fare Com­mit­tee shall ensure that the sur­ren­der­ing par­ents or the legal guardian is made aware that they can reclaim the sur­ren­dered child only with­in a peri­od of six­ty days from the date of sur­ren­der.

(6)       If the sur­ren­der is inevitable, a deed of sur­ren­der, as pro­vid­ed shall be exe­cut­ed in the pres­ence of any two mem­bers of the Child Wel­fare Com­mit­tee: Pro­vid­ed that if the sur­ren­der­ing par­ent is an unmar­ried moth­er, the deed may be exe­cut­ed in the pres­ence of any sin­gle mem­ber, prefer­ably female mem­ber of the Child Wel­fare Com­mit­tee;

(7)       If a child born to a mar­ried cou­ple is to be sur­ren­dered, both par­ents shall sign the deed of sur­ren­der and in case one of them is dead, proof of death is required to be fur­nished.

(8)       If a child born to a mar­ried cou­ple is to be sur­ren­dered by one bio­log­i­cal par­ent and the where­abouts of the oth­er par­ent are not known, the child shall be treat­ed as aban­doned and fur­ther pro­ce­dures in accor­dance with para­graph 6 shall be fol­lowed.

(9)       In case of a child born out of wed­lock, only the moth­er can sur­ren­der the child and if the moth­er is a minor, the deed of sur­ren­der shall be signed by an accom­pa­ny­ing adult as wit­ness.

(10)     If the sur­ren­der is by a per­son oth­er than the bio­log­i­cal par­ents, the child shall be treat­ed as aban­doned and fur­ther pro­ce­dures in accor­dance with para­graph 6 shall be fol­lowed.

(11)     The spe­cialised adop­tion agen­cy and the Child Wel­fare Com­mit­tee shall ensure that a copy of the deed of sur­ren­der is given to the sur­ren­der­ing par­ents or per­son.

(12)     Due regard shall be given to the pri­va­cy of the sur­ren­der­ing par­ents and the sur­ren­dered child by the author­i­ties and agen­cies involved in the process.

(13)     In case the sur­ren­der­ing bio­log­i­cal par­ent has not claimed back the child dur­ing the recon­sid­er­a­tion peri­od, the same shall be inti­mat­ed by the spe­cialised adop­tion agen­cy to the Child Wel­fare Com­mit­tee on com­ple­tion of six­ty days from the date of sur­ren­der.

(14)     No pub­lic notice or adver­tise­ment shall be issued in the case of a sur­ren­dered child.

(15)     The Child Wel­fare Com­mit­tee shall issue an order signed by any two mem­bers declar­ing the sur­ren­dered child as legal­ly free for adop­tion in the for­mat at Sched­ule after the expiry of six­ty days from the date of sur­ren­der.  The recon­sid­er­a­tion peri­od for the bio­log­i­cal par­ents, is stip­u­lat­ed under sub-sec­tion (5) of sec­tion 41 of the Act and no fur­ther notice shall be issued to the sur­ren­der­ing par­ents.

(16)     The child study report and med­ical exam­i­na­tion report of the sur­ren­dered child shall be pre­pared and post­ed in the Child Adop­tion Resource Infor­ma­tion and Guid­ance Sys­tem by the spe­cialised adop­tion agen­cy in the for­mat at given with­in ten days from the date the child is declared legal­ly free for adop­tion.

(17)     The child study report and med­ical exam­i­na­tion report  shall be made avail­able in Eng­lish (apart from the local lan­guage) and the Dis­trict Child Pro­tec­tion Unit shall facil­i­tate the spe­cialised adop­tion agen­cy  in upload­ing the child  study report and med­ical exam­i­na­tion report in Child Adop­tion Resource Infor­ma­tion and Guid­ance Sys­tem in case the spe­cialised adop­tion agen­cy  is fac­ing any tech­ni­cal dif­fi­cul­ty.

 

Avail­abil­i­ty of child for adop­tion. -

(1)       As soon as a child is declared legal­ly free for adop­tion by the Child Wel­fare Com­mit­tee, such child may be allowed to be given in adop­tion to a res­i­dent Indi­an or non-res­i­dent Indi­an par­ents:

Pro­vid­ed that such child shall be allowed to be given in inter-coun­try adop­tion ?

(a)       after six­ty days, if the child is below five years of age;

(b)       after  thir­ty days, if the child is above five years of age or is a sib­ling;

©       after fif­teen days, if the child has any men­tal or phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ty.

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Dis­claimer: Please cross-check all infor­ma­tion given with a lawyer expe­ri­enced with adop­tion mat­ters and with your agen­cy, since adop­tion laws, guide­li­nes and pro­ce­dures change peri­od­i­cal­ly. It is also use­ful to get in touch with a par­ent who has recent­ly adopt­ed from that par­tic­u­lar state or agen­cy. Infor­ma­tion pro­vid­ed above source http://cara.nic.in/ 

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