WHO CAN ADOPT A CHILD?

As per the revised Adoption Regulations, 2017, the following persons may adopt a child:

  • An Indian citizen
  • Non Resident Indian (NRI)
  • A foreign citizen can also adopt a child. There are specific guidelines and documentation for each group of prospective adoptive parents.
  • A single male cannot adopt a girl child.
  • If a couple is adopting, they should have two years of stable marriage and consent of both the spouses is necessary.
  • The person should be medically fit and financially able to take care of the child.
  • To adopt a child upto 4 years of age, the maximum combined age of the adoptive parents should be 90 years wherein the maximum age of the individual should be 45 years.
  • To adopt a child above 4 years of age and upto 8 years of age, the maximum combined age of then adoptive parents should be 100 years To adopt children above 8 years of age and upto 18 years of age, the maximum combined age of the adoptive parents should be 110 years wherein the maximum age of the individual should be 55 years.
  • The minimum age difference between the child and either of the prospective adoptive parents shall not be less than 25 years.
  • The age criteria for adoptive parents shall not be applicable in case of relative adoptions and adoption by step-parent.
  • Couples with three or more children shall not be considered for adoption except in case of special needs children.