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Building Your Family: Getting Started in Indian Adoption

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India Adoption

India Fast Facts:

  • 2012 Adoptions: 159 children
  • Hague Accredited: Yes
  • Estimated Total Cost: $20,000 to $35,000
  • Profile of Children: 46% are one to two years old. 29% are between five and 12 years old. 63% are girls (2011).
  • Parent Ages: Adoptive parents must be at least 21 years older than the child. Single parents must be under 45. For married couples, both parents must be under 55, and their combined ages must be under 90.
  • Family Status: Both married couples and singles may adopt. Gay and lesbian couples may not adopt. Priority is given to parents of Indian heritage.
  • Travel: At least one, and preferably both parents must travel to India at least once for five to ten days. Some Indian placement agencies ask adoptive parents to stay with the child seven days before leaving the country.
  • Timeline: Usually one to two years, but can be longer.

India Adoption Directory

Find an adoption agency placing children from India in your state:


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In November of 2012, India suspended all intercountry adoption applications in order to clear a backlog of existing cases. In March of 2013, it lifted these restrictions for older and special needs children, and indicated it would lift restrictions on non-special needs children within the year. Only nonprofit adoption service providers are allowed to work in India.

For more information, visit www.adoption.state.gov. View photos and get parent-to-parent advice in our online community, www.adoptivefamilies
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