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;

©       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 child Max­i­mum com­pos­ite age ofprospec­tive adop­tive par­ents Max­i­mum age of sin­gleprospec­tive adop­tive par­ent
 Upto 4 years 90 years 45 years
 Above 4  upto 8 years 100 years 50  years
 Above 8  upto 18 years 110 years 55 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.

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