Understanding CARA Wait list – Mind your Preference!

Parents registered with CARA often see their wait list fluctuating over months. They get confused when the number goes further down. How is it possible for the wait list number to ever go down. With passage of time, it should only reduce – right? The truth is that the waitlist for a parent indeed changes over time.  The reason lies not in the seniority of the parent, but in the preferences marked by the parent. Every time the parents change their preferences, or any other parent does it, the wait list changes. Let us understand how.

The seniority with CARA is determined by the Date of Registration – when all documents have been uploaded, verified and a Registration number awarded to the parent. The Seniority is a unique status – and does not change ever, once registered. Therefore, for two parents (P1 and P2) registered in Jan 2016 and Sep 2016 respectively, the Seniority may be No 200 (P1) and 622 (P2) . P1 will therefore ALWAYS remain senior to P2, in CARA system.

As parents seek different choices in terms of gender, age of child, agency, state etc, the waitlist is arrived at for parents opting with SAME set of preferences. The waitlist will therefore change if a Senior Parent enters the same set of Preference. This can be explained by way of an example:

Assume that 3 parents register for a girl child, between 0–2 yrs, from the State of Delhi. Their respective seniority is 622 (P2), 654 (P3) and 670 (P5). Therefore, waitlist for Parent P2 is 1, for P3 is 2 and that for P4 is 3 – for the above set of preference, i.e. girl child between 0–2 yrs from the State of Delhi.

Now assume that Parent P1 who had a seniority of 200 (and was much senior to P2 / P3 and P4), had marked his preference for a girl child of 0–2 yrs from State of Haryana – where it stood a waitlist of No 12 for that preference- as there were 11 parents senior to him with same preference. Having waited for several months, P1 changes his state to Delhi for a girl child of 0–2 yrs. As the P1 is much senior to P2, P3 and P4, the moment it changes its preference to Delhi, for the same age group and gender, it gets placed higher in the waitlist, and the waitlist for P2, P3, P4 goes down by 1 to 2,3 and 4 respectively. If there were 10 more parents senior to P2, P3 and P4 who change their preferences so as to match identically with preferences marked by P2, P3 and P4, their status would go down by another 10 positions – for the same set.

Your waitlist could also go down if somebody senior to you has been waiting for completion of their Home Study Report (HSR) – and all parameters same, you topped the list, as your home study was already done. But a week later, a parent who registered a month before you for same preferences, just got his HSR done, and will now sit on top of the queue, as per Central Seniority. This typically happens when parents queue up for a favourite agency, and that agency takes time in completing the HSR. As the parent had already registered much earlier, and was only waiting for the completion of HSR, which was delayed by the Agency, it attains the rightful seniority over others, once his HSR too is completed.

So, the Central Seniority is ALWAYS maintained, and a child is referred as per your Central Seniority, as determined by date of Registration. You could change your set of preferences to change your wait time by opting for an older child, or a different gender, or a different State – where a different number of parents may be waiting – but within the chosen parameters, you will always be served as per your unique seniority.

Impact of Anywhere in India option

Many parents wonder if there are two separate wait lists for parents opting for specific States or those choosing to adopt from anywhere in India. Well, there is single wait list for both. Parents opting for Anywhere in India are automatically added to the wait list of all the States and receive referral as per their seniority. For example, if there are 30 children available in Kerala, then 30 senior most parents eligible to adopt from Kerala will receive a referral each. This includes parents who chose Kerala as their specific State, or those who chose to adopt from anywhere in India, and were therefore also eligible to adopt Kerala. It is possible that out of 30 parents, 7 had indicated their preference to adopt from anywhere in India, and 23 had preferred to adopt from Kerala – and together these 30 parents received a referral, as they happened to be 30 senior most parents registered and eligible to receive  referral from Kerala.

Typically, there is a shorter queue for older children, children with special needs, or sometimes, even children from given regions. CARA has even introduced a new actegory of “Children for Immediate Placement” where the wait time may be considerably less.

The Parent could change their preferences to change their wait times. However, a parent is allowed a maximum of 3 changes to their preferences, and therefore the same must be exercised with caution. It may be advisable to seek advice from CARA before making a change, as you will be able to see the impact of change, only AFTER making the change. You should not end up increasing your wait time by changing your preferences on State, gender or child type.

While your overall seniority remains the same, your wait time will increase, if you choose to wait for subsequent referrals – as others behind you might have accepted the children referred to them, and you will have to wait till a child becomes next available to you.

99 Comments

  1. My sister want male baby about 0 to 6 months but no idea how she get . Sheis 50 years old . I am Indu her younger sister.her address is village-chhimiya ;post -balavarganj ; district Jaunpur Uttar Pradesh

  2. To
    The Cara
    SIR
    Most humbly and respectfully I beg to say
    That I am Rakesh Kumar Ambastha. My H. S. R
    Reported has been successfully submitted on 3 June but up till now I m not getting the waiting list on my user ID. SIR How To know the waiting list and when I will get the baby. Please tell me on my user id–> PrBi70398586.

        1. The adoption procedure is provided on our website. If you still need more information, pls book a counselling session on our website and a counselor can assist you.

    1. Pls book for a counselling session on our website and one of our counselor will try to understand your requirement and help.

  3. Hi,
    I found all the articles on this blog very informative and useful. I registered on CARA on October 3, 2017 & my seniority is 1376, 1080 & 900 for the 3 states that I have chosen. Would you be able to give me some sense of the number of months I would have to wait to get a referral? Would changing my option to ALL INDIA greatly improve my chances?
    Thanks!

    1. Changing the option to All India will definitely reduce the wait – but there are other factors that you should consider. Pls register for a session with one of our counsellors and we shall be happy to guide.

  4. I have been registered over 1.5 years; but waiting is too long to bear. I think CARA is not working properly to alleviate the distress of increasing orphans in the Indian society. At least, Orphan could be given shelter to PAP before CARA era. CARA itself is oppressing on orphans due to negligence inspite of great demand for adoption.

    Registration No. PrWe65877609

    1. We would agree with you that the wait can be difficult. Please bear with this phase. Try meeting other parents waiitng to adopt, those who have adopted, or counsellors. They can advise you on how to make most of this wait period.

  5. We have registered on dec 2017 …baby girl of 0 to 2 years ….. is there by chance of getting it by 2018 dec

    1. Average waiting time at CARA in this category is about 18 months. depends on Sates / All India preference given by you, also.

    2. Sir…. if v change the age fro of child from 0to 2 to 2 to 4 grp….. Will there be a possibility of waiting less …now it’s 802 waiting list…. suggest me

  6. I am preeti and i have 2 son but no daughter so me and my husband are planning to adopt a girl child. Please let me is it possible to adopt a child in pune. And also tell me the charges i would have to pay

    1. The adoption procedure, fee etc. is provided on our website. If you still need more information, pls book a counselling session on our website and a counselor can assist you.

    1. The adoption procedure is provided on our website. If you still need more information, pls book a counselling session on our website and a counselor can assist you.

    1. The adoption procedure is provided on our website. If you still need more information, pls book a counselling session on our website and a counselor can assist you.

  7. my daughter has two male children 6+and3+ so she wants adapt girl chid 2to4 years .what is the procedure to adapt a child.they are well setteled family

    1. The adoption procedure is provided on our website. If you still need more information, pls book a counselling session on our website and a counselor can assist you.

    1. While registration you must have selected some agency for the home study etc.. You will get the waiting no only once your home study is over and all the docs are uploaded. Better you contact that agency. they will guide you better.

  8. I have registered for a boy baby 0 – 2 years. We registered in sep 2016. Our state preference is pondy -50
    Karnataka – 194
    Maharashtra – 250
    When soon we get the baby

  9. Hi myself neha i done everything since 3 years back but still not get any call for baby i m still waiting. Dont know when i wil get

  10. I am registered to cara June 2017 my PAPs Registration No /user ID PrJh 83459755 I want to adopt a baby girl age 4 to 6 years

  11. I’m a girl of 18,I wanted a lovely family to adopt me .I want those parents to be Indians and take care of me because I’m not having a good life with my mother and she doesn’t treat me well,even I don’t have my father.

  12. Hi
    We have registered with CARA in May’16. Now our waiting list no. is 438, 482 & 736. Currently we are living in Canada. Can you please suggest us that around when can we expect our referral?

    1. Referral timing depends upon your preferences too. But going by your seniority, it may take anywhere between 4-6 months to receive a referral.

  13. Sir, In a particular state my seniority on a particular date is 2528 and on same day available baby is 2 and Waiting PAP is 1674. Then, where is my position in the list ?

    1. Seniority number of 2528 represents the status on All India basis, on the date you registered.
      Your Wait List will change across States, and for te given State it is 1674, where the number of children available are 2.

  14. Sir,we wants to adop a child.our tegistratio no.is PrAs81861450.we hv applied onJune2017.Is it be possible to get a child within 4-5month

    1. Your wait time depends upon your preferences and seniority. Please book a counselling session with our counsellors – they can guide you with the process and preparation for adoption.

  15. Am a PAP registered with CARA and currently waiting for referral. As per your blog, is the ‘children for immediate placement’ different from the regular list of children available for adoption? If so, where can I find the profile of these children on the CARA website. Also, is it possible to view the profile of children with special needs.

    1. You will be able to see the profiles of children in Immediate Placement list and Special need category after logging into the system. Provided you are an Indian reseident PAP and your HSR has been uploaded in the system.

  16. My fiance is pregnant n we discussed and agreed that we wanted to put the baby up for adoption. Is there anyone interested in adopting. Please contact. Also we are from Nagaland but stays in Bangalore

    1. We are not CARA, but we can help you with guidance and preparation on adoption. Please book a counselling session with our counsellors – they can guide you with the process and preparation for adoption.

    2. if your home study is done and the agency who have done your home study will upload the report completely , you automatically will get and SMS /mail etc or you can automatically see it online once you login to CARA portal. If not able to see it yet that means your HRS report is not yet uploaded by the agency who have done your home study.

  17. To
    The Cara
    SIR
    Most humbly and respectfully I beg to say
    That I am Mohommad Aslam. My H. S. R
    Reported has been successfully submitted on 29 November but up till now I m not getting the waiting list on my user ID. SIR How To know the waiting list and when I will get the male child. Please tell me on my user id–> BCCPA9817L

    1. We are not CARA. It may take a while after your HSR is done, for it to be uploaded in the system. Then , depending upon your seniority and preferences, you will have to wiat for a referral. Our counsellors can guide you with preferences and the process.

  18. To
    The Cara
    SIR
    I want male baby about 0 to 6 months but no idea how she get . Sheis 30 years old . Pleasetell me on my user id–> BCCPA9817L

  19. Hello Cara namasthe.I have one son now he is in 12th standard.i want to do some children(0 to 3years) related social work.can I do Cara child adoption center? Please give me a suggestion.and contact numbers please. Thank you.

  20. sir i am jeyarani from madurai i had registered in cara on last march till now i am wait list number 446 please can i got a chila immidiately say some way to me and how long does i wait to have a child.

  21. Hello,
    At present we are living in Canada.
    We have registered with CARA in March’16 when we used to live in India. Does it affect the adoption procedure?
    Now our waiting list no. is 309, 192 & 173. Can you please suggest us that around when can we expect our referral? How much time does it take to complete the whole adoption procedure as my husband can’t wait for too long in India.
    Thanks.

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