The adoptive parents need to register themselves with an adoption agency closest to their residence. Recognized Indian Placement Agencies (RIPA) and Special Adoption Agency (SAA) are the authorities which are empowered to register such a request.

  • Register with a RIPA or SAA-approved agency. The registration form needs to be filled, along with the necessary documents.
  • On receipt of the form, the concerned authority will provide a registration slip to the adoptive parents. The registration form can also be filled online through the facility provided by CARA (Central Adoption Resource Authority).
  • There is also the provision of adopting a child from a child care centre other than the one you have registered. In such a case, an application needs to be made to the SAA, specifying the place from which you wish to adopt.
  • Once your request has been processed, you name will be added to the waiting list of the appropriate centre.
  • A similar facility is there for adopting from another state. If you wish to do so, you will need to approach the State Adoption Resource Agency (SARA) or Adoption Coordinating Agency (ACA) of the concerned state and provide them with the registration slip.



  • The concerned authorities will guide you with all the procedures that are involved in adopting a child. You will also get counselling from experienced counsellors on adoption and parenting. This is especially helpful for single parents or childless couples.



  • There are two main steps in this process:


Preliminary Steps:

  • A home examination will be done by a competent social worker within a maximum period of 2 months from the date of registration.
  • You will be required to furnish a medical examination report, which should not be more than 1 year old at the time of referral of the child.


Assigning a Child:

  • An Adoption Committee will be set up by the SAA, which will look into the eligibility of the prospective adopting parents and find a child who matches the requirements provided by them.
  • The committee will also ascertain whether the child is free to be legally adopted.
  • On finding a suitable child, the SAA will allow you to visit the centre and see the child. If you are ready to adopt the chosen child, then you will have to give your acceptance by signing the medical examination report and the child study report that is furnished by the SAA.
  • You will need to provide your local contacts to the agency and follow all the rules laid down by the authorities and the courts.
  • Before a full-fledged adoption, the child may be placed in foster care with adoptive parents.
  • Once the governing authority is satisfied with your ability to adopt, the child will be legally placed in your care and you will become the new parent of the child.