Adoption Process-2 Who can ADOPT?


Eligibility criteria for prospective adoptive parents. –

(a)       The prospective adoptive parents should be physically, mentally and emotionally stable; financially capable; motivated to adopt a child; and should not have any life threatening medical condition;

(b)       Any prospective adoptive parent, irrespective of his marital status and whether or not he has his own biological son or daughter, can adopt a child;

(c)       Single female is eligible to adopt a child of any gender:

(d)       Single male person shall not be eligible to adopt a girl child;

(e)       In case of a couple, the consent of both spouses shall be required;

(f)       No child shall be given in adoption to a couple unless they have at least two years of stable marital relationship;

(g)       The age of prospective adoptive parents as on the date of registration shall be counted for deciding the eligibility and the eligibility of prospective adoptive parents  to apply for children of different age groups shall be as under –


Age of the childMaximum composite age ofprospective adoptive parentsMaximum age of singleprospective adoptive parent
 Upto 4  years90 years45 years
 Above 4  upto 8  years100 years50  years
 Above 8  upto 18 years110 years55 years;


(h)      The minimum age difference between the child and either of the prospective adoptive parents should not be less than twenty five years;

(i)        The age for eligibility will be as on the date of registration of the prospective adoptive parents;

(j)         Couples with more than four children shall not be considered for adoption.


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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 

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  1. i know of a couple who adopted a girl child from a very well known charitable place but then they had not checked much. The baby turned out to be mentally disbalanced. But this couple gave her a wonderful life. Shifted to Canada and gave her good education and she’s doing good now. They adopted a second girl child too.

  2. Point d … there is a exception now rd. The famous story of the bachelor who adopted a child with down syndrome

  3. The policy is stringent and good it is so for avoiding miss use of it. Nice informative post!

  4. Ruchi, thanks for creating awareness of what the law says in adoption and it’s insightful to help future parents opting for adoption.

  5. Another informative post..keep sharing!

  6. Why is it single Male parent can’t adopt a female child ?
    Need to think on that one

  7. Informative post!It is still not a very common process in India.

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