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Child Adoption in India: Procedure


The Central Adoption Resource Agency (CARA) has laid down a procedure for child adoption. The process of adopting a child is time consuming with a lot of administrative formalities. MyAdvo will take care of all the documentations and filings through an expert adoption lawyer.  

Steps involved in Adoption of a Child


Once you send in a request, our representative will get in touch with you to understand your requirements and will provide you a list of required documents.


You will be required to send the scanned copy of documents to us for verification.

Expert Assignment

As per your requirements, we will connect you to an expert adoption lawyer.

Application for Adoption

Once the documents are received, the lawyer will file the application for adoption with the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA).

Home Study

A social worker will visit your home and make a home study report, which will be submitted to CARA.

Children Profile

After approval of your application, you will receive profile of children who are available for adoption. You will be required to select your preferred child within 48 hours.

Post child-matching formalities

Within 10 days of selection of child, the following steps will have to be undertaken:

  • Pre-Adoption Foster Care: You will be required to take the child under pre-adoption foster care at your home.
  • Petition for Child Guardianship Certificate: The lawyer will draft and file petition in Court for issuance of Child Guardianship certificate to the adoptive parents.
Issuance of Child Guardianship Certificate

Upon satisfaction of the Court, the Child Guardianship Certificate will be issued within 60 days from the date of filing of the petition.

Post-Adoption Formalities

After the adoption procedure is completed, if desired, MyAdvo will assist you with post-adoption formalities.

Required Documents

  • Current family photograph/ photograph of the couple or person adopting child
  • PAN Card of the prospective adoptive parents
  • Birth certificate/Proof of date of birth of the prospective adoptive parents
  • Proof of residence (aadhar card/ voter card/ passport/current electricity bill/telephone bill)
  • Proof of income of last year (salary slip/income certificate issued by Govt. department/income tax return)
  • Certificate from a medical practitioner certifying that the prospective adoptive parents do not suffer from any chronic, contagious or fatal disease and they are fit to adopt (In case of married couple, upload Medical Certificate of both the applicants)
  • Marriage certificate
  • Divorce Decree/Declaration from the competent court or affidavit on oath pertaining to divorce, in case of divorce governed by personal law where decree of divorce is not mandatory/Death certificate of spouse in case of single prospective adoptive parent (if applicable)
  • Two reference letters from acquaintances or relatives in support of adoption.
  • Consent of the older child/children in the adoptive family (if more than 5 years)

Why MyAdvo?

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