Reimagining Adoption

Understanding Adoption
CARA Guidelines
Useful Resources
Children Availability
Positive Adoption Language
References of Families
Adoption Experiences
Tips & Advice

Adoption in India is regulated by the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA), an autonomous body under the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India. Parents need to register with CARA ( for adopting a child. A detailed knowledge of CARA guidelines is essential to understand your eligibility, the documentation required, the preferences you should indicate, the associated wait time, the child referral process and the long term benefits of accepting the first child you are referred.

Following are the key provisions of the latest 2017 CARA Guidelines:

A Ready Reckoner of 2017 Guidelines and the Full text of 2017 Guidelines is as presented below.