Adoption in India: What is the process?

Curious, adoption in India: What is the process?

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    India is part of the Hague Convention with regulates adoption in many countries. The adoption process to the US, from India will follow generally the same format as other countries also party to the Hague Convention. Adoption.com outlines the process as the following: 
    1. Choose a U.S. accredited or approved adoption service provider
    2. Apply to USCIS to be found eligible to adopt
    3. Be matched with a child by authorities in India
    4. Apply to USCIS for the child to be found eligible for immigration to the United States and receive U.S. agreement to proceed with the adoption
    5. Adopt (or obtain legal custody of) the Child in India
    6. Obtain a U.S. immigrant visa for your child and bring your child home
    Children adopted from India must be under 18 years of age. Any child who is special needs may be adopted, but the prospective adoptive family MUST have a homestudy that specifies they can handle the child's needs. Sibling adoption is also an option and even encouraged when possible.

    To adopt from India, couples must be married for five years. Same-sex couples cannot adopt from India. 

    There are also specifications on how old parents must be and the maximum age parents can be to adoption. Adoption.com also outlines this stating, 
    "Prospective adoptive parents should be at least 25 years of age and no more than 50 years of age if adopting a child age three or younger. Married couples may not have a combined age of more than 90 years." 

    The process can be quite lengthy, but India is certainly a great country to start in as they are party to the Hague Convention. 

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