- CARA stands for the Central Adoption Resource Authority is a government set up an organization for adoption Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India has started it. The aim for its set up is to regulate, monitor the child adoption in a legal way.
- Aim of CARA
- CARA deals with the adoption of the orphan abandoned and surrendered children through its associated adoption agencies. A person assumes the parent of a child and becomes the legal parent permanently take up all rights and responsibilities even though the parent and child are not related by blood. The child has a loving and caring family is the purpose of CARA.
- More about CARA can be read on this page below:
- History of CARA
- Under the Ministry of Welfare, CARA was started in 1990. Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment will keep a check on CARA for Protection of Children. It has registered itself in 1999 and became an autonomous body in 1999. CARA was transferred to the MWCD (Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India) After the passing of the Juvenile Justice Act 2000 and its amendment in 2006.
- CARA works with other government or NGO by providing regular training programmes as well as visiting the States/UTs. The adoption programme in the States/UTs has reviewed by the Ministry. And it was also considered by receiving proposals from States/UTs under the Integrated Child Protection Scheme for the release of grants.
- Based on the proposals received from various social organizations, the adoption guidelines have been revised in the year 2011.
- Other agencies associated with CARA
- Other agencies concerned with the process of adoption both in India and internationally are as follows:
- Recognised Indian Placement Agencies (RIPAs)
- Enlisted Foreign Adoption Agencies
- Adoption Coordinating Agencies (ACAs)
- Shishu Grehs
- Licensed Adoption Placement Agencies (LAPAs)
- Indian Federation of Adoptive Families Associations (IFAFA)
- CARA Team
CARA Adoption – Eligible
The above mentioned are the links given along the name who can adopt a child.
CARA-Eligibility for Adoption
- The parents should be mentally and physically stable.
- They should be financially capable to cope with the child’s expenses.
- Anyone whether male or female, married, unmarried or if he/ she has his/ her own biological children, parents can adopt a child.
- If married then the consent of both the spouses for the adoption shall be required whether they have their own biological children or not.
- A child of any gender can be adopted by a single female.
- Girl child cannot be adopted by a single male.
- The age of adoptive parents shall be counted for deciding the eligibility.
Adoption of a child age classification
- If a person wants to adopt a child of age upto 4 years, his/ her (for a single parent) maximum age should be 45 years and Maximum composite age of prospective adoptive parents (couple) is 90 years.
- If a person wants to adopt a child of age Above 4 and upto 8 years his /her (for a single parent) Maximum age should be 50 years and Maximum composite age of prospective adoptive parents (couple) is 100 years.
- If a person wants to adopt a child of age Above 8 and upto 18 years his /her (for a single parent) Maximum age should be 55 years and Maximum composite age of prospective adoptive parents (couple) is 110 years.
Other points regarding age classification for adoption
- In case of the couple, the composite age of adoptive parents shall be counted.
- The difference in the age shall not be less than 25 years (of the child and the parents).
- The scheme of CARA is not for relative adoption or if the step-parents want to adopt.
- The couple who have three or more children are not applicable for adoption.
Apply online for CARA
The link is given if you want to apply online for the CARA ADOPTION click the link to apply:-Central Adoption Resource Authority(CARA)
Documents Required for CARA
- Current family photograph/ photograph of the couple or person adopting a child.
- PAN Card
- Birth certificate
- Proof of residence
- Proof of income of last year
- Medical fit certificate
- Marriage certificate
- Divorce Decree/Death certificate of spouse or husband (in case of widow/widower)
- Reference letters from two relatives
- Consent of the older child
Procedure to Adopt a child under CARA
You can register at CARA easily by making use of link given at our page CARA REGISTRATION
You can register yourself at CARA as follows:-
- As soon you will open the page there on the right of the page a box appears, click on the online register.
- Enter your all the personal details such as category, PAN card number and many more which are asked on the page.
- At the end enter the captcha and submit the form.
- An application number will be generated along with the password and send to you by SMS/mail.
CARA Log in
You can log in the CARA by using the link given along. To log in to CARA enter your PAN card number or user id along with password and captcha. The sample image is given below for your guidance.
CARA Helpline Number
Toll-free helpline no.
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