As per CARA Guideline 2011, the process of In-country adoption of a child by Prospective Adoptive Parents (PAP’s) residing within India is as follows - :

Intake –

Information exchange session by the agency with PAP’s.


Online Procedure.

Home Study

Home visit by social worker to PAP’s place of residence.


Assessing the preparedness of PAP’s and making them aware about adoption as a concept, by trained & experienced persons.

Child Referral

Providing Medical Examination Report (MER) & Child Study Report (CSR) of the child to the PAP’s.

Acceptance of MER & CSR

Signing the MER & CSR acceptance documents by PAP’s.


Meeting the child and approval by PAP’s.

Legal Process

Filing the adoption petition in the District Court, Aurangabad.

Placement of the child

Signing the Pre-adoptive Foster Care document and taking the child to home of PAP’s.

Post Placement Follow-up

Visit during Pre-adoptive Foster Care period to ascertain child’s assimilation with the family.


Court hearing (of both PAP’s & child) in the District Court within timeline.

Court Instruction

Compliance or/ and addendums (If any) sought by the court.

Adoption Order

Obtaining Court order finalizing the adoption within timeline.

Birth Certificate

Applying for obtaining birth certificate of the child from ward office.

Follow-up Report

Bi-annual visit to the PAP’s residence for 2 years as per CARA Guideline.

Documents needed at the time of adoption.

The following documents are required to be produced in original along with two self attested copies by the PAPs:-

  • Proof of identity (voter card or pan card or passport or driving license)
  • Proof of Birth Certificate
  • Proof of address indicating residence in India exceeding 365 days
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Family Photograph (Three recent postcard sized photographs of the adoptive family).
  • Health certificate by a registered medical practitioner certifying that the PAPs are not suffering from any contagious or terminal disease or any such mental or physical condition, which may prevent them from taking care of the child.
  • Two letters of recommendation from persons who know the family well. Such recommendations should not be from immediate relatives of either spouse.
  • If the PAPs are self-employed, IT statement for the last three years and if they are employed, Income Certificate from the employer also indicating the date of superannuation.
  • Financial statement including copies of bank statement for the last six months, details of movable and immovable property owned by the family and details of loans taken by the PAPs.
  • Written consent of the biological or adopted child or children and if they are above 7 years of age.
  • Adoption decree, if the couple has adopted child or children earlier.
  • Divorce or legal separation decree in case of single PAP (if applicable).
  • Letter from close relative of single PAP stating that in the event of any unforeseen circumstance, the relative would take care of the child.
  • Copy of the passport of PAPs and in case the parents do not have passport, undertaking to that effect.
  • HIV & HBSAG Test Report.
  • Police Verification Certificate

(It is clarified that infertility certificate is not required from the PAPs wishing to adopt a child)                                                                                                                                                                                    Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA)

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