Adoption Agencies and Information for India
India is currently open to adoptions by U.S. citizens. All recognized adoption agencies (or, as they are normally referred to in India, placement agencies) in India are local and must be registered with their Indian state Volunteer Coordinating Agency (VCA). No placement agencies provide national coverage, so prospective adoptive parents must determine the Indian state from which they propose to adopt.
In 2006, there were 320 U.S. visas issued to children adopted from India. Most relinquished children in India are from unwed mothers or from families too poor to care for them. As a result of gender discrimination, the majority of children adopted by Americans are girls. India gives preference to adoptions by Indian families, especially those still holding an Indian passport. Citizens of countries other than India must work through an adoption agency in their home country that appears on a list of agencies approved by the Indian government. Only an Indian agency recognized and listed by the Indian Government may make children available for adoption by foreigners.
The official national agency that oversees the intercountry adoptions in India is the Central Adoption Resource Agency. Its contact information is:
Central Adoption Resource Agency (CARA)
Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
West Block VIII, Wing II
2nd Floor, R. K. Peram
New Delhi - 110 066
Tel: 91-011 618-0194
INDIA EMBASSY AND CONSULATES IN THE UNITED STATES:
Embassy of India, Washington, D.C.
2107 Massachusetts Ave, N. W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
Phone: (202) 939-7000
For more information about adoption from this country and about adoption agencies that can assist you, please visit the websites below. Prospective adoptive parents are advised to fully research any of the adoption agencies they plan to use for adoption services.
India: Additional Adoption Agencies and Contact Information
Americans for International Aid and Adoption
The Barker Foundation
Bal Jagat - Children's World, Inc.
Bay Area Adoption Services
Bethany Christian Services
Children of the World, Inc.
Children's Home Society & Family Services
Children of the Nations International Adoption Agency, Inc.
Dillon International, Inc.
Families Thru International Adoption
Holt International Children's Services, Inc.
Illien Adoptions International, Inc.
Journeys of the Heart Adoption Services
Love Basket, Inc.
Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children
Wide Horizons for Children, Inc.
World Association for Children and Parents (WACAP)
The U.S. Department of State: India Adoption and Adoption Agencies
The U.S. Department of State: Authentications Office
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
U.S. Foreign travel registration
*Footnote: The Joint Council for International Children’s Services (JCICS) is one of the oldest and largest membership associations of licensed non-profit international adoption agencies. All of the above adoption agencies are listed as members of JCICS.
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This site is intended as a very general guide to assist adopting persons who are considering the adoption of a child from a foreign country. External links should not be construed as an endorsement of the site, the adoption agencies listed, or of the information contained within the sites