Procedure for Adopting a Child from a Foreign Country by Indian Citizens (Non-Religious Law)

Last updated on Apr 8, 2022

Follow the steps given below to adopt a child from a foreign country as an Indian citizen.(( Regulation 22, Adoption Regulations, 2017.)) 

Step 1: Necessary formalities for adoption of a child from a foreign country will be completed in that country, as per their law. 

Step 2: The relevant authority, depending on the laws of the country, shall issue approval of adoption, only on receiving the required documents (please ask the authority for more details on the same), and the following reports:

Step 3: A foreign child adopted by Indian citizens and having a foreign passport, will need an Indian visa to come to India. For obtaining this visa, you can apply for it to the Indian Mission in that country. 

Step 4: The immigration clearance for the child adopted shall be obtained from the Central Government in the Foreigners’ Division, Ministry of Home Affairs, through the Indian Diplomatic Mission to that country.

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Chahat Mughal

March 16, 2024

Hi my name is Chahat Mughal I am an actress an model from India based mumbai I have query of plastine Gaza child adoption allahamulliha I am a Muslim I want to adopt a child from plastine to India who have no parents

Alka Manral

May 21, 2024

Firstly, under traditional Muslim personal law, adoption isn’t recognised. However, the Supreme Court held (in 2014) that individuals from any religion can adopt a child under the Juvenile Justice (Care And Protection Of Children) Act, 2000. Muslims, in India, can therefore, adopt.

Secondly, with respect to international adoptions, the Hague Convention governs and coordinates international adoptions through a central authority in each country. India is a party to the Hague Convention and The Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) is the authority in India. Palestine is not a party to the Hague Convention. There is no specific agency that coordinates with other countries for international adoptions. The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Social Development (MoSD) is the only official entity authorised to grant Palestinian adoptions. The ministry regulations state that all adoptive parents must be an existing family consisting of two spouses residing together and they must be Palestinian citizens. If you do wish to adopt internationally, you need to first establish custody of the child in Palestinian courts. It is not possible to bring a Palestinian child to India for adoption purposes.

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